Migrating User Profile and/or Programdata to separate partition
Posted on 2014-09-18
We currently run a terminal server farm with 5 2008 R2 terminal servers. Each server is configured the same. I am currently working on modifying an existing gpo involving our folder redirection. Users desktops, my documents, pictures, and favorites folders are currently redirected to a share on a different server. I am working on removing this and setting all redirected folders back to the original userprofile location. This being C:\Users. However in doing so, I need to move the user profile location off of the C: drive and onto the E: drive due to free space limitations. I am aware of the settings that need to be changed in the registry. In addition removing users profiles and having them recreated is not a problem, so I don't really need to move existing user profiles from C: to E:, but just the default profile location. See below for details: In addition, we currently use office365 with exchange hosted on the cloud. All users use outlook (2013) in online mode, with no cached mailboxes setup. I am going to change this and start setting up cached copies of each persons mailbox (.ost) in their userprofile location.
C: & D: partitions
C: Most software installed here.
D: Office installed here.
E: partition and virtually unused.
Naturally, the userprofiles location is in the standard spot at C:\Users, and the programdata location is at C:\programdata.
1) From a performance standpoint, if I move the userprofile location from C:\Users to E:\Users, should I move the programdata location from c:\programdata to e:\programdata? Should user profiles and the programdata folders be on the same partition?
2) If I only move the userprofiles from C:\Users to E:\Users will I take a hit in performance if I leave C:\programdata where it currently is? Will I see a performance gain?
3) I have ready that modifying these locations post installation can cause some updates, service packs, etc to not install or work. Thoughts on this?
Again, I get how to do all of this, I am just trying to decide which locations would be best. Thanks in advance for your help.