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Migrating local user profiles to roaming profiles. RRS feed

  • Question

  • First of all, let me make clear my question has nothing to do with folder redirection.  I understand the importance of folder redirection for a good roaming profile implementation and believe I understand how to implement folder redirection.  I also understand the difference between implementing roaming profiles per user in the user account AD settings, or per computer in a GPO. 

    My question is:  how can I convert existing (local) user profiles to roaming profiles.

    I  have read a few threads suggesting that you can just set the roaming profile location for a user in AD, and the first time the user logs on with that setting it will copy the local user profile to the roaming location (kind of like folder redirection).  But I have tried this and it didn't seem to work for me.

    I am doing it wrong?  Or are the posts saying migration/conversion can be done this way wrong?

     

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014 8:05 PM

Answers

  • > I  have read a few threads suggesting that you can just set the roaming
    > profile location for a user in AD, and the first time the user logs on
    > with that setting it will copy the local user profile to the roaming
     
    That's my experience, too - but it will only work if the remote folder
    is completely empty.
     
    > I am doing it wrong?  Or are the posts saying migration/conversion can
    > be done this way wrong?
     
    Since I switched to using local profiles only, I somehow lack experience
    with RUP, but it "should" be possible to simply copy the local folder to
    the remote path. This is what Winlogon does, too...
     

    Martin

    Mal ein GUTES Buch über GPOs lesen?

    NO THEY ARE NOT EVIL, if you know what you are doing: Good or bad GPOs?
    And if IT bothers me - coke bottle design refreshment :))
    Wednesday, April 16, 2014 4:04 PM

All replies

  • Hi Carlo,

    Depending up on the client operating system the roaming profile behavior will change.

    Checkout the below link on Roaming profile configuration for Windows7 and  Windows8,

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/askds/archive/2013/07/31/roaming-profile-compatibility-the-windows-7-to-windows-8-challenge.aspx

    I hope this information will be helpful to you.

    Regards,

    Gopi

    www.jijitechnologies.com



    Wednesday, April 16, 2014 6:36 AM
  • That is completely irrelevant to my question
    Wednesday, April 16, 2014 2:58 PM
  • > I  have read a few threads suggesting that you can just set the roaming
    > profile location for a user in AD, and the first time the user logs on
    > with that setting it will copy the local user profile to the roaming
     
    That's my experience, too - but it will only work if the remote folder
    is completely empty.
     
    > I am doing it wrong?  Or are the posts saying migration/conversion can
    > be done this way wrong?
     
    Since I switched to using local profiles only, I somehow lack experience
    with RUP, but it "should" be possible to simply copy the local folder to
    the remote path. This is what Winlogon does, too...
     

    Martin

    Mal ein GUTES Buch über GPOs lesen?

    NO THEY ARE NOT EVIL, if you know what you are doing: Good or bad GPOs?
    And if IT bothers me - coke bottle design refreshment :))
    Wednesday, April 16, 2014 4:04 PM
  • OK, I tried it again and this time it worked as I was expecting it to....it copied the contents of the local profile to the new roaming profile.  I don't know what when wrong on my first try.   I'm going to mark Martin's first response as the answer.

    But I am curious...Martin, why have you switched to local profiles only?

     

    Friday, April 25, 2014 3:51 PM
  • > But I am curious...Martin, why have you switched to local profiles only?
     
    We have lots of branches without servers - so this speeds up logon from
    about 5 minutes to 20 seconds. And since we have scripts for all
    applications that do the initial app setup and deploy registry values as
    needed for configuration purposes as needed, there's almost nothing in
    the profile a user cares about. In addition, most folders (except
    AppData) are redirected...
     

    Martin

    Mal ein GUTES Buch über GPOs lesen?

    NO THEY ARE NOT EVIL, if you know what you are doing: Good or bad GPOs?
    And if IT bothers me - coke bottle design refreshment :))
    Saturday, April 26, 2014 11:32 AM