Changing Terminal Servers

Posted on 2012-09-19
Last Modified: 2012-09-19
I am changing terminal servers and was wondering what is the best way to migrate user profiles that are on the old windows 2003 standard terminal server to the new windows 2008 enterprise server?  Also, I have programs such as the office suite on the new server and would like to know how to setup all users desktops to look like one.  Programs launch from the bottom tool bar, same webpage opening, etc....  Thanks so much!
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    by:Sushil Sonawane
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    Personally I wouldn't migrate old profiles. This always leads to problems. Particularly with local profiles and to new versions of the OS.

    Given that this is a shiny new system, I would use this as a selling point for a shiny new profile that is clean and quick.

    For the future, I would grant them roaming profiles if possible, although this isn't necessary on a single server it has advantages if you were to add another server(s) and/or later upgrade again.

    In terms of the look and feel - you can control this from group policies.

    You don't say if you have an active directory in place.

    If you do, then I would put the RDS server into its own OU and apply separate computer and user policies to that one OU.

    If it's not, then a local policy can do the same thing but will apply to all users including local administrators.
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