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Roaming profiles pro's and con's

Posted on 2011-02-18
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Hi guys

Current setup is 100+ computers on a network with a 2008 enterprise domain controller. we do have several other servers running 2003 standard & enterprise.

The question is that looking further into the future maybe in 1 year when our growth may put us in the position to have 300+ computer stations. is the best option to go with roaming profiles?

Currently as a new starter joins, we then get them a pc and install office & other software and join onto the network and do the finishing settings i.e the emails etc. each user has their own desk and no real reason to hot swap positions. we have private shared folders on the fileserver for the users to ditch any important files in case they lost their pc etc. for myself this setup has worked well and i believe it will do going forward. although i have been asked the question whether we should change our ways before we grow to big to do it.

I believe if we went roaming profiles then each user would want their bookmarks from several browsers they may use and different software per department and desktop themes etc. i believe this is going to cause me more trouble then it is worth due to each user having their pc personalised to them and a possibility of another concern being the performance on the network ( we are using 1gb switches). but i feel the size of the files they will be working on are huge and ultimately 100's of people doing the same thing may cause an impact on the network.

any input will be greatly appreciated
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Darius Ghassem earned 250 total points
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If users are not moving to other stations then there is not reason to have roaming user profiles. Roaming users profiles are ok to use in a smaller network but they can get big and complicated in larger networks which can make bug performance problems. I would say do NOT go with roaming user profiles
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by:TG-Steve
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i left this thread open believing there would be a good debate for the pro's and con's but seems very clear that it would have a negative impact for me to use roaming profiles.

Thank you for your help
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