Setting up roaming profiles on Win2K server when using Win7 Pro as my client

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I have a laptop that has Win7 Pro loaded. I log onto a domain that has a Win 2000 server that acts as a terminal server and a Win 2003 server that also authenticates logins and has Exchange server running on it.

I want to get the same 'desktop' when I log into my terminal server session when away from my primary laptop as I do when I log onto my laptop when I'm in the office which I log onto the domain from normally.

I think I need to configure my account to use a 'roaming profile' but am not sure if this will work, or if it will work if the terminal server is Win 2000 and my laptop is Win7.

Can anyone help.

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windows 7 and windows 2000/2003 have a different naming conventions for the profile. windows 7 uses te username.V2 while the others use username.
You need two roaming profiles.  One that is for terminal servers and one for the desktops.
What you need to do is setup a pair of shares where one will serve/store the terminal server profiles and one that will handle the workstation profiles.
The use of folder redirection will handle the equal access to the files that are on the desktop, my documents, start menu  and will maintain application level settings through appdata (applicatio data). You would need another share that will handle the redirected folders.

You may want to setup the folder redirection first to allow the laptop to  transition copy the data to the redirected folder share.You would need to merge/copy the terminal server data (desktop/my documents) as well.

You would then need to copy the local profile from the latop to the share for workstation/laptop profiles. and similarly for the terminal servers share of profiles. (properties of computer/my computer).

Once you have done that, you would adjust the configuration on the AD account profiles and terminal server tabs respectively.

The next time you login into a workstation or terminal server the respective roaming profile will be retrieved and with folder redirection you will be able to access the same synchronized files on the desktop and in my documents.


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From how I understand your Question, all you want to do is connect to the Terminal Server session and work within that. If that is correct, there's nothing special to do on the Windows 7 box, as you'll have the TS environment showing up on your PC, which is completely separate from your Windows 7 environment. Just use the "Remote Desktop Connection" on your windows 7 box to connect to the TS, and you'll have the windows 2000 Server environment as the desktop.

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Hello experts

rindi, sorry I wasn't clear enough. I want to see the same 'desktop' for my terminal server session as I do on my Win7 laptop. Not just through there remote desktop on my Win7 laptop.

Arnold, The users are looking at moving to Win Server 2008 for their terminal server. Would this make a difference to this question ?.

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I don't think I understand. Windows 7 has a completely different User Interface than Windows 2000 Server has. You can't get it to look the same. Also Windows 2008 has a different User Interface from Windows 7, so also that will look different. And when you are using TS to connect to your server you have the Desktop of the Server OS and not that of the PC's OS.

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Hello rindi

My goal was to keep the Win7 laptop's desktop synchronised to some extent with the terminal server session desktop for the same user. When the laptop is connected in the office the user does not want to use the terminal server.

I understand what you are saying about the Win7 interface looking quite different from the Win 2008 one.

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windows 7 and windows 2008 have the same naming convention for the profile i.e. username.V2.  The problem comes up with the registry settings on the desktop (windows 7) might in some instances conflict with those set by the windows 2008 server that may lead to a corrupt profile.

The use of Folder redirection will make the same files and a similar file organization.  The desktop/display theme will need to be set once for the terminal such that the user can based on the theme identify whether they are on the local or within a TS session.
Arnold is correct.
If you use Folder Redirection with a 2008 R2 TS and you enable the 'Desktop Experience' on it, your TS session can look exactly the same as a Windows 7 desktop. The folder redirection will guarantee icons/content is the same regardless of where you are logged on (TS or PC).
Just be careful though as even though they may look the same keep in mind apps you may have on the TS you may not have on the Win7 box and vice versa.

Cláudio Rodrigues
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Citrix CTP

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Thanks experts for your prompt replies.

Thanks Arnold for your very detailed reply.

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Thanks Claudio for your confirmation of the solution.

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