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Windows 2008: howto put files in default roaming user profile?

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Hi,

I need some files to be in default roaming user profile. How do I do that?

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by:Raj-GT
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There are multiple ways to do this.

1. You can use a group policy preference entry (User Configuration > Preferences > Windows Settings > Files) to copy the files from a shared location and only run it once using the "Apply once and do not reapply" option

2. Create a default domain profile and copy the files into the profile (See link for instructions on default profile creation) - http://www.ahmedgroup.co.uk/blogs/44/

Hope this helps.
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by:janhoedt
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Thanks, only goal is to copy some plugin to terminal servers. Can't I just create a msi for that?
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by:Raj-GT
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If it's a plug in, then it will almost certainly entail some registry changes. Are you sure merely copying the file would do? Did you check with the plug in vendor? They might be able to assist you with automating the deployment.
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by:janhoedt
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So copy files from source to %userprofile\appdata ...? Will that work? Don't find any Microsoft reference that this does ....
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It should work and copy the file in theory (don't forget the second % after userprofile - it should be %userprofile%\appdata). Windows 7 and above have three folders under appdata called Local, LocalLow and Roaming. Make sure you copy the file to the correct subfolder and paths.
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%appdata% is shorter.
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%appdata% points to %userprofile%\appdata\roaming folder. You can use it if that's where you want your plug-in to go.
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