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Citrix Profiles from 32bit to 64bit

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Hello

We are currently running a windows 2008 32bit terminal server with XenApp 5. I'm going to reinstall this server with windows 2008 64bit terminal server with XenApp 5.

What should i do with my profiles? Can i just make a backup and put them back after the reinstallation? Our should i completly rebuild all the profiles?

What would be the best practice?

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Personally if at all possible I prefer to create all new profiles when I build a new Citrix server and if there's data that users are likely to require then I make the old folders available for archiving (no write permissions, for example).

Failing that, you could migrate them to a file server and point the new installation at them or even copy them back onto the new XenApp server.
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If you own the enterprise version or platinum version of xenapp then you also own the citrix user profile manager, which now does streaming profiles. Awesome tool, there is a 32bit agent and a 64bit agent. You can merge roaming profiles or local profiles at log on. It sounds like you may only have 1 server? Use the 32 bit UPM to merge local profile at logon, this will move the profile to a share. Then when you build the 64bit server, put the 64bit UPM agent on your new server, when users log on, it will take the profile from the share and move it to the new server.
Leveraging that tool would be the best practice.
http://www.citrix.com/upm
Quick guide to setting up UPM
http://community.citrix.com/display/ocb/2009/02/18/Quick+guide+to+setup+User+Profile+Manager
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It's the advanced version so i can forget about using the profile manager. No other options?
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by:Tony Johncock
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Well you wouldn't be able to have used it anyway really if you're rebuilding the server from scratch and the profiles are stored on it.

Your only real option is to copy them onto another location and then copy them back taking care to make sure permissions don't get messed up along the way.

But as I said before, if you're building a new server from scratch, I'd look to creating all new profiles anyway, preferrably on a file share somewhere, so that any niggling issues you run into won't be compounded: you can rule out profiles almost instantly.
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I've rebuild all the profiles. thx for the reply's
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Glad to advise. Thanks for the points.
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