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Roaming Profiles using Windows Server 2008 Std and Wyse Terminals logging in to a Terminal Server

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Is it possible and/or recommended to use roaming profiles for users logging in to a Terminal Server?

Also, these users would need to have their Outlook .PST file saved to the 2008 Std server along with the rest of their roaming profile.  Is this best practice?

Most of the users will be using Wyse Terminals so saving info to the local “PC” is not an option.
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We have several hundred users set up this way (but do use Citrix rather than simple TS), however the profile issue is still the same.

It is important to exclude as much as possible from copying to the TS server from the profile server or the logon process is v.slow.  This is simple to do in group policy and directories such as java cache are a good place to start.  Also if you serve apps and not a desktop then it is easier (only possible really with 2008R2 TS or Citrix).

The outlook .pst files can be on a mapped drive rather than the profile as long as all users have the same path (i.e. h:\data\*)
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We are going with 2008 R2 Std so that is one less worry.  

As for the email, I would bsically leave the PSTs off the profile and have a separate directory/location for that?  

You also mentioned java cache, is there a standard list of items to leave off the profiles or is that something I will have to trial and error?
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Yes, leave them off and as you are using 2008R2 you can simply serve apps to limit desktop sprawl.

There is no standard list but generally anything that is temporary should be excluded.
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Thanks for the input!!  
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