RD Session Host Roaming profiles and software

We are trying to roll out RD Session Host (Old Terminal Services). One issue we are having is with the roaming profiles. I'm trying to find a good list of what does and doesn't get copied over in the roaming profiles even with third party software.

All the servers have the same software and they are pointed to the same locations on each server. We currently have a farm with several servers. If a user gets pushed to a server that he/she hasn't been on before they have to redo settings such as logins for websites and pinned taskbar items. Because of this the users are getting frustrated when they have to redo settings. I'm not sure if a simple solution is availble to make sure that the user experience is consistent across all the servers.

We are running Windows Server 2008 R2.
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Gary ColtharpSr. Systems EngineerCommented:
Are you truly using roaming profiles or just redirecting the desktop, favorites and documents folders?

If it is true roaming, then the AD account will point to network resource for the profile itself.

Even with full roaming, not all things can be maintained with MS technology. If you want a true fully roaming solution, go Citrix.

HTH

Gary
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msidnamAuthor Commented:
Gary,
Yes it is true roaming. We have an overland snap server that we have a shared folder for the profiles.

I can't seem to find a solid link that says exactly what gets copied/saved to a roaming profile.

I would love to go to citrix but the cost is too much.
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msidnamAuthor Commented:
do any programs exist that will sync roaming profiles any better?
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Gary ColtharpSr. Systems EngineerCommented:
Most everything that is stored in the c:\Users\<username> folder on the local machine is stored wherever you point your roaming profile. The problem is that a lot of the user tweaks that arent following your users are stored in the local user's registry hive and that is not handled by MS roaming. Citrix does copy that registry key out to the network storage location and recovers it on whatever machine the user accesses.

I don't konw of any other apps that would do this... it's just a limitation of the way you are configured.

HTH

Gary
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msidnamAuthor Commented:
would you happen to know if the items pinned to a task bar are also part of the local user's registry hive that doesn't get copied over?

you mention that citrix does copy these settings when roaming profiles are enabled? we used to have citrix a long time ago but it got to expensive.
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Gary ColtharpSr. Systems EngineerCommented:
I would imagine they are... I can't tell you that with absolute certainty but if your profiles are indeed roaming and it doesnt come over, that is usually the shortcoming.

Citrix has the ability to do this. All user profile information is stored similar to how you have roaming profiles configured...on a network share. The user data is stored in the in usual redirection method, ie; redirected documents, etc. The big difference is that Citrix stores everything about that user profile in the share so that the full user experience will follow the user, ie from terminal server to terminal server. It is expensive....but if you have a lot of TS users/terminal servers... it can be worth it.

HTH
Gary
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msidnamAuthor Commented:
Thank you Gary. We will have about 300 users on 10 TS if this works out. However I'm thinking we may need to do a VDI solution.
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Gary ColtharpSr. Systems EngineerCommented:
I love VDI... its not a huge savings over full Citrix but it is great solution and the users get a customized desktop os that is dynamically built. I have built this in the lab but have yet to get a customer to buy in to it.

Good luck!
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