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difference between roaming profile and local profile in active directory

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  • I'm very confused about the differences between the two. 

    I'm able to log onto my test domain using the SAME user account from ANY computer in my test domain. This is not a roaming user profile.


    A roaming profile is described exactly the same.  What am I missing here?  What is the advantage of using a "roaming" profile?




    • Edited by tech_pants Thursday, November 22, 2012 12:37 AM
    Thursday, November 22, 2012 12:32 AM

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  • A roaming profile will copy the user store, like \\fileserver\roaming\test to c:\document and setting\test

    At the logoff it will sync back the file there.

    So basicly the user will keep the same setting accross multiple computer. (the pro is there)

    The con is that if the profile is like 300meg, then the sync take time. So it can make the login longer.


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  • A roaming profile will copy the user store, like \\fileserver\roaming\test to c:\document and setting\test

    At the logoff it will sync back the file there.

    So basicly the user will keep the same setting accross multiple computer. (the pro is there)

    The con is that if the profile is like 300meg, then the sync take time. So it can make the login longer.


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    Thursday, November 22, 2012 1:30 AM
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  • I should have asked the question differently.  I've read about 100 times in other places what you just said.

    I should have asked what "SETTINGS" and other data are allowed to roam with the user from computer to computer. 

    But I figured it out by doing some testing.  I logged onto a computer and saved a document on the desktop, and logged off.  Then I logged onto a different computer with the same user account and the document was not there.  But if I setup the user account as roaming then the document would follow him to any computer. I get it... Thx

    I guess this applies to other data besides documents, like desktop settings too.

    • Edited by tech_pants Thursday, November 22, 2012 2:15 AM
    Thursday, November 22, 2012 1:58 AM
  • It should sync everything in the user profile.

    If the %desktop% folder was not sync then it's a error somewhere during the logoff.

    The only thing not the same is if you use a newer profile like Windows 7 or use a older like for Windows XP. By design those default's profile are stored in a differant's way on the netlogon's share. (v1, v2)


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