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?

Thanks
lutherpendragonAsked:
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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.

Will.
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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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