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Windows 2008 R2 - RDS Configuration for Single Server

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I have a new Win2k8 RDS Server servicing only the Session and License Roles for Internal and External Users to connect to. THis is also on a Hyper-V Server.
As all Users are using a Session for all Domain transactions my thought was to have all Data and User Profiles hosted on this server so to increase performance on HDD - are there any issues anyone can identify with storing on RDS Server vs File Server? (Assuming I have all GPOs and ACLs configured to lock down from Users etc.
Also, as I only have a single Server do I simply use Local Profiles, or do I need Roaming Profiles to redirect the path from c:\ to d:\userprofiles (where there is more disk space)?
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The only issue I see is hard drive space. No reason not to have data on the same server other  than making sure access is controlled correctly and the data is backed up OK

What would be your plans for user data (as in My Documents) by default that would be stored in the local users profile. I usually use a GPO to redirect that to another location - even if is to another partition on the same server.  You could leave the user profiles on the C and redirect the document data etc to the D

How many users will be using the server?
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30 - 40 Users.

Yes plan is to re-direct My Docs to same as Home Drive, and probably have the Profile on D:\Shares\UserProfiles ..... just was not sure if this is then considered a Roaming Profile and copied to local on login (which is weird as it is the same machine all the time) OR I have to keep on C:\ (problem with C:\ is that I only like to have OS on it).

I have allocated enough Static HD Space to this VM, which has majority of memory and cores, so DC can be left to do limited.
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By changing the profile location it will be considered a roaming profile even if its on the same physical server.
Another way would be to use redirection for things like the AppData(Roaming) and IE favorites etc. I know what you mean about the C drive only being used for the OS, that's the way I prefer it too!
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Thanks vmdude.

Everything went pretty smoothly with a combination of redirection and roaming profiles for appdata etc.
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