Loading a Roaming profile in Windows 7 AND XP

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Environment: Windows SBS 2003.  It is the DC and file server.

There are about 10 users and only 8 Windows XP machines so we established all the users to use a roaming profile, with the profiles saves to a network share obviously.  THis is working fine as each user can log into any workstation and they're settings are maintained.

A Windows 7 Pro machine was just purchased and joined to the domain.  As expected, roaming profiles are not loading on this machine.  I realize the Profile structure has changed for Vista/7 and this is going to pose a problem.

But here is my question.  Am I going to be able to set this up so the users can "roam" between XP and Win7 workstations?  

I'd hate  to do all this work to get the Win7 roaming profile working and then not have it load once the user logs into an XP machine.
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It works between 7 and xp with a few differences, obviously settings that are only on one version and not the other do not transfer ... to get them working with Win7 just need to update the Group Policies to be Win7 capable which means Server 2003 or 2008 ...
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ahhh a Win7 capable GPO.  If I set a Group Policy to include all possible users who may use the Win7 machine.  Where would I find this setting on the SBS 2003 server?  Active Directory Users and Computers....GPO...
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You won't be able to manage Windows 7 GPO's on an SBS 2003 machine. You will have to manage them on a Windows 7 client. Windows Server 2003 (and SBS) doesn't recognise the new admx files.

At the moment, we can't get our Windows 7 roaming profiles to work with XP. The reason is, Windows 7 will create a .v2 profile name, which isn't the same as what the XP machine users. For example, if you have a user John Smith, his XP profile may be name john.smith. When he logs onto Windows 7, his profile folder will be called john.smith.v2 .

It's an issue I'm working on at the moment, but I don't think it's going to happen!

Lee
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XP and Windows 7 will *not* co-exist with roaming profiles. Any profile created on a Vista/Win7 machine will roam to another vista/Win7 machine. And any profile created on XP will roam to another XP machine. Both profiles will exist independently of each other though; they are effectively two separate profiles. They can co-exist, but changes mde to one will not be reflected in the other.
With that said, folder redirection can, for the most part, alleviate most of this pain. Most of the things people want to roam are data files, etc, so redirecting a folder to a central location *will* allow those data files to appear the same on XP and Win7. In many cases, this is "good enough."
 
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ohh I see.  That is unfortunate the profiles are not compatible.  Thank you both for your insight.

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