Windows 7 roaming profiles

We recently startre deploying Windows 7 clients and noticed that are exisitng Windows XP roaming profiles do not work.  Apparently when a user logs onto Windows 7 a new profile is created called username.v2 for windows 7.  Is there a way to migrate the users profile on the server from Windows XP to Windows 7 so that the roaming profile function remain in tact?
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TunerMLSystems EngineerCommented:
I started reading about this, and this may help:

Hypercat (Deb)Commented:
It depends on what you're trying to replicate. You can simply copy and paste some things like desktop shortcuts, etc., from one profile to the other. We did this during our migrations by creating a batch file that did the copy/paste operation. It all depends on how many users you have and how much of their old profile you really need to preserve.  The tricky part is that the structure of Vista/Win7 profiles is not the same as the structure of WinXP profiles, so things are not always in the same location in the folder structure. We did not find the USMT of use because it requires visiting each old workstation to run it before upgrading to the new OS. When you're replacing computers, as opposed to upgrading them, this seemed like more work to me.

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georgedschneiderAuthor Commented:
The biggest issue is the list of trusted sites that are stored as part of the file in each users profile.  The other stuf can be copied manualy or via a script.
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Hypercat (Deb)Commented:
You could export the registry entries from the old XP ntuser.dat file and then import them into the new ntuser.dat file in the user's new roaming profile. That sounds like a lot of work, but if it's important enough that's the only way I can think to do that. There may be a way to script that as well, although I'm not sure about that. Have to do some research.
Overall xp and win7 do not play well together.
georgedschneiderAuthor Commented:
I'm learning that slowly.  It appears that there will be two sets of roaming profiles to manage one for 2000/XP cleitns and one for Vista/Windwos 7.  Any suggestion on how to easily manage two sets of roaming profiles for users.
You need some sort of desk top management solution.

I recommend Novell Zenworks .
senad has suggested using >> User State Migration Tool (USMT) here
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Problem Roaming profiles mixed XP and Windows 7
OK, my thoughts...

It makes sense what MS has done as the Win7 profile and the XP profile are not compatible to each other. What I do is, that I move the user content (the content which is not OS specific) to a separate folder. My servers holds usually the following shares:
1.) ...\Profile\username --> here are stored the real OS specific profile
2.) ...\ProfileFiles\username --> here are the not OS specific files (My Documents, My Pictures...)
3.) ...\Users\username --> Homeshare for the user.

The files in Nr. 2 are moved to this directory via the roaming profile policy. If you config this policy on Win 2008 Servers, they work also on XP and of course for Win7 clients, but you have more options. This way, the user can use any OS, XP or Win7, and have access to all the user directories, nevertheless they are created on XP or Win7. The user can use the XP and Win7 side by side, what makes sense for XP Mode.

Nevertheless it makes no sense to me to mix the profiles really together. Win7 uses different settings, options or registry pathes than XP which means, you cannot really avoid a kind of redundancy.

I use my account on different machines, like Win7, XP, PC, Laptops and this way, I keep seperate the individual settings and get together the OS independend things.

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