Roaming profiles location best practice or alternatives - server 2012

Hi Experts,

I am moving user profiles (currently roaming profiles) from server 2003 to server 2012. During this migration I want to ensure that profile sizes and logon speeds are kept to a minimum. Old server was Physical and new server is virtual (if that makes any difference)

Should I store the new profiles on a domain controller or regular file server and which offers the most efficient profile service?

Also, are there any advances/issues  with roaming profiles server 2012 that I should be aware off?

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Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
It would be in your best interest to keep the roaming profiles on a file server of some sort and NOT the domain controllers. Storing roaming profiles on a DC is extra over head and storage that a file server should manage instead.

However, rather then copying the roaming profiles to another server why not just re-mapp your roaming profile location to the new server and then have the user push there current settings from their machine to the new directory on the new server.

Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Create a File Server, and let the Domain Controller, just perform the role of Domain Controller.

You may want to look at Folder Redirection, and drop Roaming Profiles ?

Do you users roam from one PC to another ?

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lutherpendragonAuthor Commented:
Thank you both. Users do occasionally move from one PC to another. File server seems the way to go then.

Yes I was going to change the profile path once a user was logged on so that on logoff their profile is stored at the new location.
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