Efficiently creating a Roaming Profile
Posted on 2012-08-17
I'm joining one computer at a time (both Windows XP and Windows 7 computers) to a Server 2008 Active Directory Domain. GPO is set for roaming profiles and redirection of My Documents. My current procedure is ...
1.) Create a user account in the Domain
2.) Join the client computer to the domain
3.) Log in as the user on the client computer and let the domain create a profile folder and documents folder for the user. The folders are created on the server.
4.) Log off the user
5.) On the server and logged in as the administrator, take ownership of the two new folders, give Domain Admins full permissions to the new folders, then re-assign ownership back to the user.
6.) Copy the contents of Desktop and Favorites from the old profile (on the client computer) to the new profile (on the server). Copy the contents of My Documents from the old profile on the client to the new Documents folder on the server.
7.) Copy miscellenous appdata files from the old profile to the new profile, re-select the user's wallpaper, re-setup the user's outlook account, email signature, email preferences. Copy outlook.pst to the new profile and setup outlook to use it as the default .pst file.
How can I set up GP to automatically give both the user and Domain Admins (and whoever else I specify) full permissions to the profile and the documents folders that get created when the user logs in for the first time?
How can I setup GP to automatically copy the entire user's profile (complete with wallpaper, outlook settings, etc) from the old local account to the new domain account so I don't have to do it manually? Can I set it up so that the pointer to the outlook.pst file is relative to the new profile and doesn't point to the outlook.pst file in the old profile? Are there registry settings that need to be copied for the new user to have all the same settings/configuration as the old user?