Roaming Profiles Windows 7 / XP Mixed Enviroment

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Has anybody successfully managed to setup roaming profiles that work in a mixed enviroment?

Our scenerio is that we have a number of XP machines of which some are due to be replaced with new Windows 7 machines. Users will need to roam between the XP and Win7 machines.

I know that the profile structure is completely different between the two OS's, and using folder redirection you can "roam" to a degree, but I have found that Office settings (most importantly Outlook settings) don't migrate across. The main problem is that when a user whose profile is setup correctly with Outlook etc under XP, logs onto a Windows 7 PC, the desktop, my documents etc work due to folder redirection, but the Outlook settings do not come across.

Any idea on how I can solve this?
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Did you try to redirect the "Applications Settings" for a user account to see if that would move in between the two different O/S's?

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Yes I did. Although it seemed to allow other program settings to work in both OS's, Outlook settings weren't brought across.

I've been doing some reading on the subject and I believe Outlook places data in the C:\Users\%username%\appdata\local directory which is not part of a roaming profile now.

I'm not 100% sure where the mailbox configuration is stored on Window 7, but if its now under the appdata\local rather than appdata\roaming, this seems a little strange to me.
Windows 7 and XP won't use the same roaming profile. Windows 7 will automatically create a 'v2' profile. This is why folder redirection should be implemented first with user's data, if there is a requirement for user to switch between XP and Windows 7, as they will have two different roaming profiles. If you redirect data to a folder you can have user accessing the same data from either roaming profile, however registry settings/etc will stay only with the profile for the relevant OS.

Here is a link on some good info on this:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc766489(WS.10).aspx
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Outlook stores data in %user profile%\application data. It does create a secondary folder structure under %user profile%\local settings\application data\Microsoft\outlook (or %user profile%\app data\local\Microsoft\outlook for windows 7)

The ones under the "local folder" aren't that critical and will rebuild.. The other ones under the %app data% folder once redirected, should follow fine between os versions....
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Update?

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Unfortunatly, it seems that Outlook doesn't save vital information into the roaming directory, but insteads holds the account setting information in the registry, meaning that it looks like I'm going to have to recreate the email account settings. Unless anyone else has any ideas?
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It does save vital information in the Roaming Profile, but what is stored in the redirected folders are going to be the profile "FILES" data (.NK2/outcmd.dat/etc...)

The Outlook Profile is stored here in the registry, as you have found....

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows Messaging Subsystem\Profiles

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So can I somehow ues this registry key to recreate the email accounts on the Windows 7 PC's? Is it as simple as exporting the registry key on the windows XP machine and then importing into the Windows 7 PC?
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Should be..... I recreate profiles like this all the time if I have to blow away one....
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