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Re-direct user profiles on Windows 2008 Terminal Server

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Hey everyone,

Just want to get some feedback on how to proceed with this. I just built a Windows 2008 R2 Enterprise server 64-bit. This will be a Terminal server. This Dell PowerEdge R710 server has 8 drives. I've partitioned this server for the following disk setup:

* C: 130 GB for the system partition
*D: 1.0 TB for the user profiles.

We will have about 500 users connecting to this terminal server and i don't want to have the problem with the profiles taking up space on the local C:\

Is there a way to re-direct the profiles to the D:\ partition. We don't have roaming profiles, so all the profiles created will be locally cached..

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Here's a thought: use roaming profiles to store data on the D drive like it's there for, and then when users log in all profile data will go there?

It seems like you mean to use roaming profiles, I'm not in front of a server workstation atm, but i know that when configuring the ou it makes it quite easy to specify the profile directory template.

Good luck, i'll google it and see what comes back
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spend a few minutes watching this: <3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHa9_esfeuM
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We do not want to use Roaming profiles here. It's problematic. The other issue is that some of these users who will access this terminal server also have Desktops they log into. So using roaming profiles is out of the question.
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Tada:

Registry settings: (copy pasted from here) http://support.microsoft.com/kb/214636

This should do the trick, at least get you there :)
The path for the local Default User profile path is determined by two registry entries. The following registry entry sets the name of the directory in which the Default User profile is stored:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList \DefaultUserProfile Reg_Sz Default value = "Default User"
The following registry entry sets the path in which the Default User folder is stored:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList \ProfilesDirectory Reg_Sz Default value = "%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings"

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You will probably leave the first one alone, and just change the 2nd to fit your D:\ drive
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This article is for Windows 2000 and NT. Does this apply to Windows 2008 as well?
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A lot of things changed in server 2008, does the server have the registry keys i mentioned?
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If you'd like, I can log in and share your screen.

It's easier for me to look around on an actual machine, rather than simulating various scenarios etc
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Looks like the same keys are there. Let me give this a shot and i'll post the results shortly.

thanks

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Looks like this solution worked. I was able to re-direct the profiles to another partition.
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