Roaming Profiles Server 2003 Standard

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I have implemented roaming profiles for 40 users on a windows 2003 standard server. My question is this, as you would expect by the very nature of "hot desking" some desktops have several users folders now under documents and settings. Apart from hard drive space usage does this have any impact on network overhead of profile transfer when an indivual with roaming profiles logs into this machine. My expectation is no, only the upload of the server based profile for the client logging in. I ask this because i'm getting several moans about the time it takes to login for some users to the point where they can use their machines. I expect with several profiles uploading in the morning login this is causing network congestion. I have now implemented folder redirection for the "My Documents" of these users. Any other suggestions for reducing congeastion.
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You're correct in assuming there isn't a real impact on traffic.  If the profile is huge and the user logs into a new machine then it will take awhile to load it, but once it's loaded locally then the impact is small.Folder redirection is a good way to cut down the profile size, yes.

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To carify when the user logs in on a machine which several roaming profile users have used before the only info uploaded from the sever is for the client logging in, and if this client has not used this machine before it will be the whole profile.
To clarify under the scenario where this machine has been used before by this logging in client say on day 1 and they log out at end of play. On day 2 they use a different machine where cjhanges are made to the profile and then saved to the server.
On day 3 they log bac into the machine used on day 1 how much of the changed profile us uploaded is it not all of it again.
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I understood you in the initial question.

There isn't much that changes in the profile other than a few small files - unless you are profiling user folders such as My Documents, My Music, etc - which you say are now redirected to a network share.

There should not be a lot of traffic on an existing profile update locally.

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