Windows user profile redirection

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Is there a way I can redirect the full userprofile to a network location?

My aim is to reduce the login time because of the roaming profile.

Thanks in advance.
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ZeropointNRGHedge Fund Manager

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Can't you just change the location with the location property? Right click a folder inside the active user profile and click location then move? If its only roaming that's the problem then make sure files and folders aren't hidden and open the AppData folder and right click the roaming > location.
Tom CieslikIT Engineer
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You will not significant reduce login time that way.
If you have to have all users profiles and data stored in network the better solution is to implement terminal server.
AlexSenior Infrastructure Analyst

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Use folder redirection over a roaming profile and redirect their main folders.
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Thanks for your answers. Actually, I would like to redirect the full profile not only the Appdata\roaming. At present we have a VDI in place where the desktops are deleted and rebuild after logout. So if you login every time the whole profile has to be synced which takes longer and longer.
AlexSenior Infrastructure Analyst

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If you're on a virtual desktop, do an assigned VM and then a permanent disk for the profiles.

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Alex
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Just use regular folder redirection as noted above. Do not use roaming profiles. Too many issues for too little gain.

Author

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I have to look into persistent disks but I'm not sure how it is supported. How would the profile gothere?

At present I have to use roaming profiles as the computer is deleted on logoff the regular folder redirection is not good enough because some apps require appdata\local.
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Redirected folders with ProgramData folder is not a good idea,, if computer will loose connection or user will loose credentials computer can crash.

There is no way to redirect whole profile using different method that Profile Redirection, except Terminal Server.

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Not what I hoped for but I believe it's true. Thanks for your help anyway.

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Not what I hoped for but I believe it's true. Thanks for your help anyway.
hecgomrecNetwork Administrator

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You can redirect users folders to a network location by using a GPO.

All user data will be transferred at next login.  User will not even notice the difference.  

This process will activate automatically offline files synchronization.  This will provide the user a copy of their files in case they loose connection.

The main issue here is the hidden part of the profile the "AppData".  I don't think it can be sent over and if it is it will be very bad for your network.

Lets face it, this feature is nice in case of a computer crashing or user moving from a building to building... they just log in and all their data is there.. good!  but how often they are saving on their profile, how big those files are?  This will affect your whole network performance accordingly to your enterprise user amount, infrastructure and file use.

I don't know what your organization do but here is the most important question:  Why they even saving company matters in their stations, everything should be on network devices where you can protect that info.

Once again having users profiles on network resources will reduce overall network performance.

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