Move entire profile to Server

Posted on 2011-10-20
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
Hey everyone,

Looking for any ideas on how to accomplish my goals here, avoiding roaming profiles because this will be used on mixed networks, different clients with different setups, etc and I don't want to deal with future roaming profile issues.

So I know I can redirect profile locations using registry and I've done it before so I can redirect all profiles to a separate partition for example.  What I'd REALLY love to see happen is something along those lines but redirect the profile to a server location.  Is this possible?  I've tried entering a server location in registry for the profile location but it doesn't work.

Any ideas?

Question by:blue92lx

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    OK so I found that if I create the user profile (this is on Active Driectory still) locally,t hen copy and paste the profile to the server folder, then change the registry entry for that particular user to the server folder it redirects and runs the profile on the server successfully.  I'm very happy about that.

    Now my issue is that If I change the registry to create new profiles in the server folder it gives me an error at logon saying the User Profile Service failed.  So now I need to figure out how to get the new users signing into the computers to auto redirect to the server.
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    Are you not effectively doing manually what roaming profiles will do for you?
    What about folder redirection to minimize data loss?

    Windows 7 does not have the copy profile option as XP does.

    Check the permissions on the \\server\share_where_the_profile_should_be_created to make sure it has the same permissions as the c:\documents and users or c:\users folder

    Presumably you modified the Default User profile settings to reflect the change in registry using %username% so the location of the profile changes with the logged in user?

    You could use GPO to push the specific registry setting, but have not tried so not sure it will work.
    One of the risks I see is if the server fails, you'll end up with users who can not login.
    Is DFS an option? This may help in reducing downtime for single server failure.
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    If its just for files you could create a GP to repoint all the main folders to the a server share.. This wouldn't help for printers and programs but would make documents etc.. avaliable from any machine they log on to?

    Author Comment

    Arnold, I'll have to look into DFS I've never used that before.  For right now here's how it is working:

    New User Creation:
    1) Log in with the new user to a workstation
    2) Log out and use the admin user to copy the profile folder to the network share
    3) Regedit that users registry entry to point that user to the new location
    4) Export that users' SID entry in registry
    5) Push out registry change to all workstations

    I can't get it to auto create a new profile into the network share for some reason it gives me an access denied error while creating the ntuser.dat file even though the user has permissions to everything.

    Thanks for the replies!

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