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Windows 2012 Domain Controller and User Profile

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Hi,

I have a software that is designed by another company. It is an application that requires some configuration when it is run for the first time. When it is configured on a PC that is not part of Domain, the application settings are saved under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software .

I'd like to setup AD and DC (Windows 2012) and I'd like to know how this would work in AD and DC environment.  I want to configure this software for UserA and UserA can login from any PC (Windows XP, 7, 8) on my network and be able to use the software without configuring the application each time.

I have tested this in my Lab and I'm not getting the above result. Each time I login as UserA from other machines, the software is prompting the user for configuration. Shouldn't the profile be the same?  

Please let me know how to implement this.


Thanks.
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Export the registry key.   Create a group policy to import the key (could be a batch file using reedit coomand).  Ensure the policy is user policy.  You could either put the user in an OU on which you apply the policy or you could apply it at the domain level and use WMI filtering to apply it to the desired user only.
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The registry does not roam by default. If you configure a roaming profile then a majority of the user hive will roam. But so will a bunch of other settings and can cause problems. You should carefully test to see if this is what you want. You cannot select what roams and what doesn't if you enable a user for roaming profiles.
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Also, you cannot have settings roam all three OSes you listed. XP will share settings. And win7/8 will share settings. But XP will not share with 7/8 and vice versa.

And obligatory, XP is dead. Don't use it.
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GPO solution will work regardless of OS and if the user profile is roaming or not.  If the registry settings are different then you could add additional WMI filtering to run different script depending on OS version.
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Both solution sounds great to me. Thanks you guys.
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