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profiles used on windows xp and windows 7

We are in the process of moving our staff to Windows 7. Everything is going well except for location where staff must log on to both Windows 7 and xp machines with their profile. Also, we use roaming profiles for staff profiles. We use redirected My Documents. They have access to them from both OS's. However, the profiles are different.

I know I can stop with the roaming profiles and let they have a profile on all pc's. However, this would not offer them the security of having their proflie data saved. I could also allow them to have two profiles, one for xp and one for 7. I don't like either of these options.

Is there away to allow for them to use both OS's and just have one profile? Can I use redirect to do this?

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ABBEtech
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Kenmcse1969Commented:
For the most part they will play nicely together if you point them to the same folders for Desktop and Favorites, etc. For example, in active directory make the user's profile location on \\profileserver\users and put their home folder at \\homefolder\users. In AD use a group policy to redirect the desktop, my documents, and favorites to the home folder. Make sure that both the XP profile and the .V2 (Win 7) profiles are pointing to the same folders and they'll get their desktop, favorites, and documents on both XP and Win 7 (and Citrix for that matter).
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abbetechAuthor Commented:
I'll give this a try tomorrow. I'll post questions or close the ticket then. Thanks!
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abbetechAuthor Commented:
I'm not sure what settings to use for the target.  Will I need to set this up per each user. If not, want it treat the xp and v2 profiles as seperate profiles?

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ABBEtech
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Kenmcse1969Commented:
Sorry, I've been out of town for a couple days. I've reread our conversation and it seems the only data that your not sharing is your "profile data" since your already redirecting "My Documents". It seems the actual profile that roaming creates cannot be shared between XP and 7 since their folder Hierarchy is differnet.

There is a GPO setting that allows you to set redirection of "AppData" along with various other objects.
Please look at this guide for further assistance.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc786749(WS.10).aspx
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mkuehngoeCommented:
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abbetechAuthor Commented:
I'm looking into the idea of redirecting desktops and other data. It will be sometime next week before I can test this. I'd like to leave this open til then. Thanks! ABBEtech
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abbetechAuthor Commented:
I have setup redirect for the Documents and made a shared read only desktop for pc's used at the desk. I still have an issue with user's who login on xp and windows 7 pc's. I will be playing around with the redirect today to see if any of it will work between xp and 7, but it's not looking like an otption.

Regards,
ABBEtech
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abbetechAuthor Commented:
Sorry it's took me so long to get back to you on this. I've been working on another project and it demanded all my attention. I redirected the my documents for all staff and I have created read only redirected desktops for all public profiles and the windows 7 staff profiles. I have created a new profile for testing and have a xp and a windows 7 pc's ready for testing. I have creating a user and computer ou's for testing this. I will read the info you have sent me and create the GPO tonight.

I'm thinking this will mean I will have to redirect all profile data for the users if I want them to see the same data on the xp and Win 7 pc's. I think it will work, but just have to decide what they really need.

Regards,
ABBEtech
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abbetechAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the info.
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