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Migrating terminal server user profiles on server 2003 to windows server 2008

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This has probably been asked, I maybe missed the solution, anyways our terminal server profiles on windows server 2003 32 bit need to migrate to a new windows 2008 64bit server, that includes the data, settings and as well as printers in the users profile. I have followed this articel http://tlj91021.blogspot.com/2011/10/terminal-server-transfer-profiles-from.html. It wasn't total success, please advise how to perform a complete migration.
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Depending on what the profile includes/contains.  One option is to use folder redirection for application data, desktop, star menu and my documents. This will leave the favorites in the profile.
How are printers currently deployed? Are you using a print management/print server GPO based printer push to users?
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc722179(v=ws.10).aspx
You could once transitioned use preferences to set which printer is the default.
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Hi Arnold,

User profiles contains the typical application data, desktop, start menu and mydocuments. However I am more concerned on the printers installed on the user profiles on this terminal server. Print management GPO based is not applied (Windows 2003 32 SP2 print server). We have one terminal server, different branches access this server, each of them has their own set of printers. Let say:

OU-A= printer1, printer2 and printer3 access this same terminal server
OU-B= printer4, printer5 and printer6 access the same terminal server
OU-C= printer7, printer8 and printer9 access the same terminal server

When the profiles migrate to windows 2008 R2, how will printers be applied on terminal server profiles and not on the client pc's or workstation where users access the terminal server . Thanks.
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Just an update, although it's getting out of the primary question of migrating the profiles.

Here's what I tried, in terms of printer deployment: using windows 7 print management and deploy via group policy, enabled loopback processing.

OU ( Single Terminal Server)
            GPO A (Branch A) Printer 1 and 2
            GPO B (Branch B) Printer 3 and 4
            GPO C (Branch C) Printer 5 and 6

What happens is the printers that deployed to user in Branch A also appeared on user on Branch B and Branch C and vise versa.
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Check your security filter to which user based do they apply?
Do you have a branch A, branch B, branch C security group that contains the users of each branch?
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Hi Arnold,

This is the setup.

OU ( Single Terminal Server)

                   GPOABranch A - Security Group A - user 1 Printer 1 and 2
                   GPOBBranch B - Security Group B - user 2 Printer 3 and 4
                   GPOCBranch C -  Security Group C - user 3 Printer 5 and 6

Printers that appear on user 1, also appear on user 2 and 3, they should have their own branch assigned printers only.
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I have decided not to implement folder redirection, our main concern goes to the deployment of the printers based on the user profile. Thanks.
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