Can I turn off server containing User Profiles while users are logged on?

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I have a Win 2008 server that solely contains User's Profiles. These Users log onto the domain from Windows 7 PC's and laptops. I need to shut this Profile server down to move it. If I do this while the Users are logged-on, will the users be able to carry on working?
jamwalk123Asked:
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withtuCommented:
You'd better to move the profiles to another server before you shut the current server down. I assume you are using the remote user profile option in Active Directly, and should be a shared location. So you have two options to achieve it:

1. Move profiles to another server, share the new server and change the Group Policy to point to new server, for example: change old \\server01\shared to \\server02\shared, and this setting will be applied in next logon.

2. Move profiles to another server, shutdown the old server. Change the computer name to server01, and share this profile folder. This step will not request to change the GPO.

In order to move profile data, the best way to do it is using ROBOCOPY, the steps are list as below:

1.On the Destination Server, click Start, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.
2.On the User Account Control page, click Continue.
3.At the command prompt, type the following:
robocopy \\<SourceServerName> \Users \\<DestinationServerName> \UserShares /E /COPY:DATSOU /LOG:C:\Copyresults.txt
4.You can view C:\Copyresults.txt to verify that the files were copied correctly. You can also compare the number and size of the files that were in the users’ shared folders on the Source Server with the number and size of the files that are now on the Destination Server.
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jamwalk123Author Commented:
Thanks fro the complete answer. I'll follow this path to complete the change.
Cheers,
jaime
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