Copy Windows Profiles to TS Profiles

I would like to have users have the TS and Citrix profiles the same as the ones they have when they logon to the domain through their workstations.
I mean they see the same desktop and icons

How can I do that?

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Have you tried roaming profiles?

On their AD account set the path to a folder on the network, once they login/Logoff on their Desktop it creates the profile on a network share which should be used when logging onto Citrix

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If you want to configure the roming profile you could try this.

or if you convert your existing local profiles (which is there in work station) profiles to romaing profiles

or if you dont want all these roming profiles.. you just want to copy the workstation profiles (local) to the TS..
Copy the profile of the user from workstation and update in the roaming profile path specified for Citrix.

You can specify a roaming profile for an user in TS profile path in AD (there will be two profile in user profile update same in TS profile path as well) user properties from where the profile will get loaded. Or you can also create a OU based on computer policy. The setting for this in GPO is:

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Terminal Services
Creating Active Directory Users from a Text File

If your organization has a need to mass-create AD user accounts, watch this video to see how its done without the need for scripting or other unnecessary complexities.

Sekar ChinnakannuStaff EngineerCommented:
I prefer to keep citrix profile as separate and windows profile separate. If you use same profile there is a chance for performance. Have a look this citrix article before you proceed setting up the profile
Ayman BakrSenior ConsultantCommented:
Even if you initially set them exact replicas of each other, you have to realize that they are independent.

So if the user does some changes to his normal profile that change won't reflect in his TS profile unless he does that change again.

Your users then will start complaining that their changes in one of their profiles are disappearing! Of course we know that they will mean that they are not seeing it in the other profile - the user thinks he has one profile only.
You should never mix the two.. the chances of profile conflicts and errors goes up exponentially if you try to mix them.

However, with a combination of Folder Redirection and 3rd party software, you can give them the same look and feel.

Here's my recommendations on things to look at:
Folder Redirection:

These 3 can be done with relative impunity.Other folders begin involving risks to functionality.

As for software, there are a number of good ones out there, but the top ones in my mind are:
AppSense - this can give you complete cross-platform 'mirroring' so that your settings immediately carry over to all the platforms.
RES - their software can give you similar look & feel across the platforms, it is considered the top contender to AppSense.
Citrix UPM 4 - This version supports cross-platform settings
triCerat Simply Profiles - this handles cross-platform settings also and is good for a look & feel transportability.

You can also use GPO's (the Preferences section specifically) in order to keep a number of the settings "the same".  

As a side note - you *cannot* mix V1 & V2 profiles, and you *cannot* mix x86 & x64 profiles.


Definitely you need a third party software for managing the user profiles. In my case i would recommend Citrix Profile Management (is included in the enterprise version of xendesktop and xenapp)

Additionally with the use of profile management you need to redirect user documents to a network location. The document redirection is very important to avoid profile size from growing; a big profile can easily corrupt .

If you want and example of how to set up the profile ADM you can go to:

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