sbs 2008 roaming profiles setup help

Posted on 2011-10-05
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
Hi All,

I was trying to setup roaming profiles on a SBS 2008 server. I have never done this before and have hit a snag. I followed these directions below to allow only 2 users to roam (traveling sales guys) . My questions are

1) Did I use the correct root folder - \\N2\RedirectedFolders
2) Once this is running correctly will this carry my desktop,docs, and favorites?
3) Do I need to have any local users with the same name on any host other than an AD user?

Many Thanks!

run the "Redirect folders for user accounts to the server" task from the Users and Groups tab

User Configuration > Policies > WIndows Settings > Folder Redirection

Right click on the "Favorites" folder and select properties.  On the Target tab, enter the following:

Setting:  Basic - Redirect everyone's folder to the same location

Target folder location:  create a folder for each user under the root path

Root Path:  <SERVERNAME>\RedirectedFolders
(where <SERVERNAME> is the actual name of your server)

Then on the Settings tab configure the following:

Grant the user exclusive rights to Links: Checked
Move the contents of Links to the new location: Checked
(the third option should be greyed out)

Policy Removal:  Redirect the folder back to the local userprofile...

Click OK and to enforce it right away open a CMD Console (using "Run as administrator...") and enter the following command:


Users may need to log off and back on to their workstations three times in order for the redirection to occur.
Question by:J_Drake
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    Expert Comment

    by:Cliff Galiher
    Folder redirection and roaming profiles are two different features and accomplish two different things. Based on your question (especially the local users question) I can surmise that there is a lot of confusion and attempting to implement either one, no less both, of these features will result in significant confusion and potential data loss.

    I'd suggest reading some technet articles on the subject first. Maybe even pick up a book. Jeremy Moskowitz has two books about running managed desktops (complementary, the green and the blue book) that cover these features in detail and in a very friendly reading style. I'd undo what you have done and start with those, then re-implement one (or both) in a way that best fits your goal.


    Accepted Solution

    Thanks anyway I got it working.. it was a permission issue on the shared folder.


    Author Closing Comment

    Maybe next time someone will respond to the question posted in a timely manner.

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