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Roaming profiles on Equallogic SAN Volume

We have two Windows server 2008 R2 Domain controllers and a windows 2003 server that is our primary file server ,  This 2003 server also has all of our roaming profiles ( Windows 7 ) .  We have a Dell Equallogic SAN and all of our servers are virtualized and we run Vmware 4.1 and are planning to move to Vmware 5 shortly.

We have noticed some long login times and sometimes  users do not get a roaming prifile.

We were thinking of created a Volume on the SAN, strictly for user profiles in hopes to speed things up.

This is just a thought and we were hoping to get some feedback from the experts .

Will this even work ?
Will something special need to be done for a windows 7 machine to even see the Equallogic Volume ?

Thank you
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Ekuskowski

8/22/2022 - Mon
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The file server is virtualized on the SAN so i was thinking that I would not see a difference unless the OS of the file server is the root of my problem as you mentioned the troubleshooting of the file server performance.
If the file server is my problem then testing on another server (server 2008 ) with a few profiles may be the way to go.  
I didnt think of SAN HQ.  We havent really used SAN HQ for a number of years.  A few years back SAN HQ didnt prove to be useful for us.  I've heard they have put a lot of new features and it could be beneficial now.  I'll plan on downloading SAN HQ and give it a whirl.
The plan is to move the files off the file server in time and onto a new Server 2008 R2 or 2012 file server but the profile issue cant really wait.
I may also test moving the profiles to a physical server with local storage as Paulsolov pointed out.
Part of my question is if I just create a volume on the SAN , can I just use it as a storage locaton for the profiles or do I need a windows OS to host the profiles ?
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Thank you for all your input,  I'm going to try the RDM approach as a test with a new Server 2008 File server.
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