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We have an SBS 2008 server that is our domain controller.  An older 2003 server was added as a terminal server in our domain.   It is just a standard 32 bit Windows 2003 server with terminal services functionality added.   All user profiles are currently stored in the c:\documents and settings directory.  Our C drive is running low on space.  So I'd like to move existing and new user profiles to the D drive of the terminal server.

What is the best way to do this?
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First, you will need a shared location that ALL terminal servers can access the user profiles from.  Do you have one?

  1. Next, you will have to configure via a GPO the location for the user profiles.
  2. you will have to manually move each of the local profiles to the terminal server profile path you have specified.
  3. You should now configure the group policy to delete the profiles at each logoff
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Just a couple of questions:

I wanted to keep the profiles on the terminal server so I don't have the delays associated with roaming profiles.   That said, is there any reason why the shared location can't be on the data drive (local D drive) of the terminal server?

Can I skip 3 if I want to keep the profiles in tact?

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you can.  But, how many terminal servers do you have in your farm?  Also, a remote location would go a long way when you upgradey you don't have to worry about where the files are stored or have to move them again.
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I only have one terminal server at present and for the forseeable future.

I see where you're coming from and agree for a large environment it would make a big difference.   But I'm dealing with a 20 person company here.  My past experience with roaming profiles is that they were sluggish, especially if the user had a large mailbox.  Wouldn't that apply here?
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OK I see where you are coming from and then in that case, yes.  The d drive would be acceptable.  the same steps would work.
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I'm new to GPOs.   What will I need to put in it?  Is there one that I can start from?
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There is not.  Do you have AD setup in your environment?
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Yes, the main server is SBS 2008.  AD is setup automatically
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What would I put into the GPO?  Thanks.
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The delays in roaming profiles will be minimized when configuring folder redirection to move out my documents etc from the data that is copied during logon/logoff.

Point out the parent path for the profiles with this policy setting:
Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Terminal Services\Set path for TS Roaming Profiles

When using roaming profiles, you can enable that the profiles shall be deleted whn user logs off to keep the TS cleaner
Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\User Profiles\Delete cached copies of roaming profiles

Enable loopback processing to be able to use user-GPOs on TS-OU
Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\User Group Policy loopback processing mode

With loopback processing enabled, it's possibly to link GPO containing user configuration settings like folder redirection and other settings.
User Configuration\Windows Settings\Folder Redirection\My Documents
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