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how do i change the path of local profiles?

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hi

we are on 2008 domain, and use some terminal servers (TS) for various departments. these users have roaming profiles - but of course create a local profile on the TS as well, question is how do i stop the profile from creating on the usual "c:\documents and settings" path to a path of my choice as they are casuing space shortages on the C partition?

the terminal servers are all server 2003
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by:Haris V
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One option is to multi-select them in ADUC, open properties and change the path.

or

please check this link,

1. http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/Windows_2003_Active_Directory/Q_22935167.html
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but does that not remove the path for the roaming profile? as far as i see it does?
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you can change the default path of the Docs and Settings only during the install of Windows..
changing it after installation is a laborious process.. check the KB for the process
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/236621 
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you might be able to use TweakUI(MS power toys) to achieve this.
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Please note that TweakUI will let you change the path of special folders like MyDoc or MyMusic of  the user who is logged in while running the application c.. and not the default path of Docs and Settings..
 
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The path where profiles are locally cached is only modifiable during Windows installation. Once Windows is installed, it becomes very difficult to move that path.

Do you have the policy enabled to remove cached profiles at log off? That would mean at log off time, each user's profile would be uploaded to the Roaming Profile location and then removed from C:\Documents and Settings. Thus, the only profiles stored in there would be those of logged on users.

You would also want to look at implementing Folder Redirection to move large data folders out of the profile; a profile shouldn't generally be much bigger than 100MB (with Application Data) at most.

-Matt
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by:meteorelec
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i dont remove cached profiles upon log of - tho i must test to see how effective that is,

 
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If that feature is enabled and users log on and off of their sessions properly, it is very effective in ensuring only logged in users' profiles are cached on the C: drive.

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