Unable to view users domain profile when connected via RDP6 in Windows XP

Posted on 2009-12-26
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Last Modified: 2012-05-08
There are several users who need to be able to view their own domain profile when connection rermotely. We have created successful connectionsto the server both through VPN and RDP.
The problem is that whenever ANY users connect, they don't see their normal "domain profile" they get a default profile.
Is there any way to configure this to allow the users to use their "domain profile" when connected through Remote Desktop.?
Question by:Dale_Wattam
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by:Cris Hanna
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Not unless you implement roaming profiles..but why are users connecting to the server?
Your question is placed in the Small Business Server zone.  If you are using SBS 2003 or SBS 2008, then users should be connecting to their own deskstop computers using RWW.  Then they will see their normal profile.

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With sbs 2003 they could view their roaming profile through remote desktop to the server, even though their PC was switched off. They could work quite happily then.
Do you mean that with SBS2008 they can only access their own roaming profile (which we have enabled) if their PC is switched on? Has this previous feature been disabled with SBS2008?
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Cris Hanna earned 2000 total points
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They should NOT be connecting directly to the Server.  Terminal Services on the Server is enabled only for Administration.  A max of two sessions is permitted.  Giving them permissions to logon to the Server essentially makes them a domain admin and they are free to run amonk on the server and 'destroy" it at wll.    SBS 2008 Premium gives you a second server license which you could then use to set up a TS server if you don't want to leave the desktops up.
One of the SBS MVPs has also created a WAKE ON LAN product specifically for SBS
Technically if roaming profiles are set correctly, and you've given the users permissions to log on to the server (again, HUGE SECURITY RISK), they should get their profiles.

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