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Roaming Profiles, Documents and other shares

Posted on 2014-02-03
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This year we added a Roaming Profiles share onto the network for staff. It is set up in their AD profiles and we have their Documents attached to another share.

In a GPO, we have it set to map their desktop to a share in their Documents folder.
i.e. AD User Properties > Profile > Profile Path: \\domainname\profiles\staff\Bob\Roaming (DFS share).

Home Folder> Connect: H: to \\domainname\homes\staff\Bob

In the GPO we have Desktop mapped to \\domainname\homes\Bob\Desktop

I'm not quite sure why but the staff's desktops seem to also copy to \\domainname\profiles\staff\Bob\Roaming.V2\Desktop (note that by default it adds .V2 suffix to the Roaming Folder)also and some staff love to dump large files to their desktop...

The same goes with Videos and Pictures which have a GPO path but it copies to Roaming.

What would be the best set up to get a more uniform layout? This is the first time we're using Roaming Profiles since we are Win7+ now (rather than mixed with XP), but I have to make plans/provisions for storage if we are getting double ups of data... :/
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If you're going to redirect a profile folder to a different location, I think you'd also need to set the folder to be excluded from the roaming profile:

\\User Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\User Profiles\Exclude directories in roaming profile
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The .v2 means your roaming profile is windows 7 or better.

roaming PROFILES copy desktop, documents, favorites by default
If you are also redirecting documents you're wasting space

see here about downfalls of roaming profiles.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roaming_user_profile
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