sbs 2008 roaming profiles setup help

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.
Who is Participating?

[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More

I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

Cliff GaliherCommented:
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.

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


Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
J_DrakeAuthor Commented:
Maybe next time someone will respond to the question posted in a timely manner.
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.