Roaming Profiles

Hi guys,

I got roaming profiles deployed using AD profile path. not using folder redirection.

Profile all saving in a server- network shared folder. inside the folder, for each user, it has many versions. what does it mean ? why it is creating many versions ? is it ok to delete old versions ?

For eg. for userA, there are folders like.   userA.v1 , userA.v2, userA.v3

right now drive in the server is running out of space, i need to clear some space straightaway, so is it ok to delete userA.V1 ? i mean ok to delete all versions except latest version number.

Could anyone plz help me with this.

Thank you
Mr.XAsked:
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masnrockCommented:
What versions of Windows do you have floating around? And do any users end up using systems that utilize different versions of Windows? (i.e. one system has Windows 7, another has Windows 10)
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Mr.XAuthor Commented:
its mostly windows 7 and 10.
mostly users don't change to another computer. so is that versions, indicate user profile is logged in different operating systems ? so is that not an issue. ?
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Mr.XAuthor Commented:
i got a problem with roaming profiles, it works good for all. except 2 users. whenever they delete files and restart computer it reappears again . do you have any idea why it is ?
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masnrockCommented:
It partly depends on that age of the profiles. You either have some ongoing issue, or these profiles have existed for years, and users have been moving up with the operating systems (which seems more likely), and the old profiles were never removed.
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Mr.XAuthor Commented:
so how do i resolve this issue ? files reappearing after restart.
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masnrockCommented:
except 2 users. whenever they delete files and restart computer it reappears again . do you have any idea why it is ?
Sounds like a sync issue. Have you tried rebuilding the profiles for the two users in question?
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Mr.XAuthor Commented:
nope. how do i rebuild ? could you please explain in detail ?
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masnrockCommented:
Well, there are multiple pieces. First make sure the users are logged out of their systems. Then backup the profiles for each user on both their workstation AND the server. Then rename the folders (I recommend added ".old" to the end). Then have the users log into their machines. What should happen is that a new profile gets created. A lot of custom settings won't be there, but it'll at least be clean. Make sure things work properly. Then at some point while the user is logged off (this is a must), copy things from the old profile to new the one at the server end. When the user logs back in, they should see the whatever you copied over.
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Mr.XAuthor Commented:
ok. i will try it now. when u say backup profile, it is c:users/ username. i should just create copy of that particular user folder. right ?

and i got another question. dropbox is also in roaming profile. how do i remove it from roaming profiles ?
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masnrockCommented:
ok. i will try it now. when u say backup profile, it is c:users/ username. i should just create copy of that particular user folder. right ?
Yes, that is the folder on the workstation. Remember what I mentioned about renaming also.

and i got another question. dropbox is also in roaming profile. how do i remove it from roaming profiles ?
Remember that Dropbox stores in whatever profile it's in use within. So you could uninstall Dropbox or just log it off. You may also want to evaluate whether it's truly needed.
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Mr.XAuthor Commented:
Hi, i tried changing the profile name to ".old" in workstation, so can create new profile. but its not letting me do it.
"action cant be completed because the file in it is open in another program" i restarted and tried . same error message. any recommendations ?
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masnrockCommented:
When do the renaming on the workstation, you have to be logged in as a different user, presumably a domain admin.
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Mr.XAuthor Commented:
yes, i logged in as domain administrator and tried it. that's when the error comes .
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masnrockCommented:
Did you log out of the user account entirely or did you simply switch users?
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Mr.XAuthor Commented:
hi, thanks a lot . it all works fine now after following your above steps.
Am doing some further testing. will let you know how it goes.
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Mr.XAuthor Commented:
hi i did some testing, deleting files, moving files around .all works good. thanks a lot for ur support
got one more question.

i tried to login into terminal server with the same user, it does not bring any of his documents or desktop files ?but it creates a profile folder with different version . is this usual ? should i manually copy documents from his workstation profile to server profile from server side ? ?
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masnrockCommented:
What version of Windows is on the workstation?
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Mr.XAuthor Commented:
windows version is 10 and server is 2008R2

And it looks like a never ending issue. because after creating new profile. it worked good for2 days.

 then same issue came . if i restart, files re appear.    but if i delete file and logoff/ logon. it seemed deleting good. (thought its something to do with restart, when restarting its not connecting to server)
but currently, after deleting file, even if i log off or restart, it keeps re appearing. its happening with just one same user.
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masnrockCommented:
After the two days, is it that the users was using both the terminal server AND the workstation? If so, that could be a part of the problem. And a requirement that users end up with multiple profiles. Windows 10 and Server 2008 R2 aren't compatible with the same version of profile. Then that becomes an annoyance because the data settings data when users switch back and forth.
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