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Roaming Profiles vs Folder Redirection

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Hi all, need your expert recommendation on the following situation...
Windows 2008 R2 ADDS
Assume RDS/Citrix is not an option.

Multiple sites 20
30 users per sites
Users have to work at different sites on a regular basis at desktop workstations
-They need their Desktop, Bookmarks, Recent Files, Outlook 2010 config (cached), IM config to follow them
-If they login to a station for the first time, they need it to mirror their settings in less than a minute

All servers are located at Colo all sites connect to internet/colo via 10Mbps MPLS with heavy VoIP and some RDS traffic

What would be the best technology to implement....
Roaming Profiles or Folder Redirection or something else?
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If you guys are capable it might be good to implement a virtual environment and use thin clients to access desktops stored on the server.
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AGree with arnold, if you are going to have users logging in at multiple end-points, you will have trouble my friend (right here in River City, oops, sorry I digress).  If this is a possible scenario for you, then you will need to investigate the plethora of vendors out there with solutions for this very issue.  But then you will be looking at spending some $$$ all the way up to some very serious $$$.

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Thanks. No, there will be no offline. Also, user will be logging into one PC at a time
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Then Roaming Profiles with Folder Redirection will work just fine.
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There you are Claudio, where the heck you been boy?
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Busy, busy, busy my friend. Back to the real world for now. :-)

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I've only had issue with the redirection (not application data only) with Adobe 9 and newer.
Application data \appdata can get large under some circumstance which will slow the login process.
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Well if DeleteRoamingCache is set to 0 that should not be an issue. The problem with AppData redirection is the way certain apps read/write files, making local filesystem type calls that do NOT behave well over the network.
This is for example the reason why PSTs are not supported by Microsoft on network drives. It even puts in certain cases extreme loads on the fileserver, basically killing it.

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And the Citrix view point: http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX114884

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