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We have a Windows 2003 terminal server environment.

Our users connect via thin clients and are then load balanced between 3 terminal servers using a third party software called Provisions.  We have 1 Windows 2003 server that acts like a file server, the users profiles are directed to a share on this box.   The users never connect to a local desktop with their profiles.

Given this environment, does it make a difference if we use the profile path in the users profile or the terminal server path?

Currently we use the users profile path and are have some problems with the profile copying down to the file server than back up to whichever server the users logs on to.

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Since your using load balancing I would go with roaming profiles. The AD team blog have a nice article about the setup.

http://blogs.technet.com/askds/archive/2008/06/30/automatic-creation-of-user-folders-for-home-roaming-profile-and-redirected-folders.aspx
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Is the article suggesting that I use folder redirection for the desktop, application data , etc... and use the terminal server profile path?  If so, should I also disable caching of the profiles on the terminal servers so I dont have a chance of getting an incorrect profile?
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It's not really an article as I was saying. More of a "how to".

When a user logs on a TS the user will have three different profiles on each TS if it's not set up with roaming. If the user changes something like the desktop items, a file saved in My Documents etc. it will not reflect to the two other terminal servers.

Thus I would use roaming profiles (set the "terminal server path" and a GPO to enable roaming and maybe even use folder redirections). Then your users will have the same profile no matter what TS hes logged on to.

Caching on the share should be turned off.

Here is the GPO recommendation for roaming profiles: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc781862.aspx
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>Currently we use the users profile path and are have some problems with the profile copying down to the file server than back up to whichever server the users logs on to.

This sounds like roaming profiles...
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