How can I load 2003 roaming profile on a 2008 terminal server?

Posted on 2011-04-20
Last Modified: 2013-11-21
We have a remote XP machine that has been connecting to a Server2003 terminal server with no problems. We want to migrate this server to a Server2008 machine but during our testing, the XP user always has a message that his profile could not be loaded.

I understand that user profiles are different between 2003 and 2008 server, but we want the profile to load successfully no matter which machine he connects to. Our domain controller is Server2003 and is also where the profiles are stored. Folder redirection is also enabled.

I read that when a user logs on to Server2008 a new profile directory, username.V2, is supposed to be created but we do not see this happening. We tried to create the folder manually but that didn't help. Is it because he only logs in through Terminal Services?

What would be the easiest way to get this to work?
Question by:juniorsa

    Author Comment

    A message appears when the user logs on that indicates a network name cannot be found yet the profile path is accessible from the run command. So I'm not sure what it may be referring to...

    Event 1521

    Windows cannot locate the server copy of your roaming profile and is attempting to log you on with your local profile. Changes to the profile will not be copied to the server when you log off. This error may be caused by network problems or insufficient security rights.

     DETAIL - The network name cannot be found.
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    Profiles for Vista, Win7, and Server'08 are not compatible with older OSs (Serv2003, XP, Win2000, NT).  The structure has completely changed with the newer OSs

    I recommend you exercise your right to downgrade and load the TS box with Server2003R2.  Keep the TS box compatible with the workstations.  If the workstations are XP or older then the TS must be 2003R2,....when the Workstations are Vista or newer then update the TS box to Server2008 or newer.
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    This also implies that when you upgrade the workstations above XP then you need to do all of them, not do them piece-meal.
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    Expert Comment

    Upgrading workstations piece-meal is fine if you are not using Roaming Profiles.  It is the Roaming Profiles that are the fly in the ointment here.  You might be better off to use Folder Redirection in place of Roaming Profiles.

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