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Remove roaming profile on sbs 2003

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I'm taking over a network of approximately 30 computers that are all using roaming profiles.  I would like to remove the roaming profiles but would like to know the impact of doing so before I pull the trigger.

By removing the roaming profile will it force the recreation of the profile? What other possible problems may I run into?

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First, it's the user who has the roaming profile, not the computer, so you could have several roaming profiles per computer.

Whenever working with a profile, make sure the user is logged out. There are two locations for the profile: 1) local on the desktop after the user logs in the first time and 2) where you have specified to store them on the sever (i.e. C:\profiles\username) and after the first login. If you remove them in either place, they will be recreated in the same location. Don't remove them from both places at once!

May I ask why you want to remove them if they're just going to get re-created?
Removing the roaming profile will not force the creation of a new profile unless the end user has not logged on to that machine before.  If a profile has been cached to the machine, then that will be used when the roaming profile is deleted.  The possible problems I see is an added administrative burden of trying to make sure that all user data is backed up.  People tend to store things on the desktop and they like to have their favorites back if a hard drive crashes.  Without roaming user profiles you should come up with some other way to backup these folders from the user profile or use folder redirection.  You also have the hassle of setting up users on multiple computers.  If you use roaming user profiles and a system dies, you need only reinstall the applications and when the user logs in they are up and running.  I highly recommend using roaming user profiles and if you have some issues with it, I would recommend getting htose resolved, rather than abandoning it altogether.

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I do understand the fact that it's the users who have the roaming profiles not the computers.  We want to remove the roaming profiles because its slow and prone to problems, and to be honest its just not necessary. We prefer to use my document redirection rather then roaming profiles.

I guess what I meant by my question is, when i remove the profile path from the users ad account will it re-create the profile on the local machine?
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To answer your question, if they have already logged onto the computer then it will use the cached copy of their roaming user profile that was already on the machine.  If they haven't, it will create a blank profile.
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