Group Policy Profile Settings


     I've got a XenApp 6.5 environment and I was having a look over my GPO's and have seen that when I initially set it up I've used the MS GPO setting

Administrative Templates/System/User Profiles
                                                                     -> Set Roaming Profile Path for All Users

in order to set my users roaming profile paths. I have however just noticed the setting for

Administrative Templates/Windows Components/Remote Desktop/Remote Desktop Session Host/Profiles
->Set Path for Remote Desktop Services Roaming User Profiles.

And I was wondering if there is any functionality difference between the 2 GPO settings ?
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Ayman BakrSenior ConsultantCommented:
If you go to the properties of the user account in AD you will see two tabs:

1. Profiles
2. Terminal Services Profile

So you can set this practically from GPO. This is a difference!! The first is set for the normal roaming profile when a user logs on to normal environment (his desktop). The second will be set for a profile that will be used on terminal services.
Z1ggyAuthor Commented:
thanks for the reply, is there a difference in what each setting does ? in terms of how it handles roaming profiles ?

as I've said I'm currently using the setting that is equivalent of the profiles tab for a citrix server. I've never had any problems but I'm assuming I should be using the Terminal services profile setting so from technical point of view do they do anything differently in how they handle remote profiles ? or they just used if you happen to have roaming profiles for desktops and RDS configured in the same environment and need some order of preference ?
Ayman BakrSenior ConsultantCommented:
If you don't specify a terminal services roaming profile, the users will log on XenApp with their normal windows profiles set in the profiles tab. On the technical configuration perspective there is no problem at all and in fact there is no difference in the mechanism in which Windows deals with both. However the reasons which makes us segregate between profiles (and I would personally recommend to do so):

1. Profiles store user preferences and settings, some of which are specific to the Windows platform version (client vs. server)

2. You wish to control providing the users experience on XenApp different from that on normal desktop

3. Security is a concern and you don't want user's documents created on normal desktop to be available on the XenApp environment, esp. when users access XenApp externally

4. Profile structure on Windows Vista, 7, 2008 and 2012 is different from profile structure on Windows 2003, XP and earlier. Where there is a difference between the client and server structures you definitely would want to segregate profiles.

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Z1ggyAuthor Commented:
Cheers that was what I was after, I don't use roaming profiles anywhere else so it doesn't sound like its worth messing around with it at the moment. thanks for explanation !
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