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From roaming to local (?) profiles RRS feed

  • Question

  • In the company we have AD and Exchange Server, till now the staff uses roaming profiles to log into their account and computer.

    Since we faced many problems with syncing mainly because some users forget that they have to wait some minutes to log on after they log off or switch off their computer we decide to go to local profile solution.

    I am trying to find the best possible solution to work without major problems.

    Logon as domain admin on each machine and simply switch the account of each user to local from roaming is the only thing I should do?

    After how much time I can delete the profile path of the now-local-profile users on Active Directory?

    What about the network drive, it will be accessible to everyone since I will not change home folder directory, right?

    If I want to create a new user on AD and have local profile from the beginning which is the best method to use?

    Thank you in advance!

    Saturday, January 23, 2016 12:12 PM

Answers

  • Hello,

    If you remove the roaming profile path from the AD user accounts on next log on users will have a local profile. They will be using the last copy that existed on their machine.

    Network drives etc will remain as is. The only issue would be if items have been configured manually (hence stored within the profile) and a user logs onto a new machine.

    If you create a new user providing you do not enter a profile path they will never have a roaming profile.

    Rather than disabling the profiles, you may wish to exclude certain folders. These two posts gives may prove useful http://www.itexperience.net/2013/11/08/exclude-skydrive-or-dropbox-from-roaming-profile-2/ http://stealthpuppy.com/reduce-logon-times-by-excluding-the-bloat/ .

    If hope this answers your query. If so I would appreciate if you could mark the post as the answer.

    Kind Regards,

    Marcus
    Sunday, January 24, 2016 8:48 PM

All replies

  • Hello,

    If you remove the roaming profile path from the AD user accounts on next log on users will have a local profile. They will be using the last copy that existed on their machine.

    Network drives etc will remain as is. The only issue would be if items have been configured manually (hence stored within the profile) and a user logs onto a new machine.

    If you create a new user providing you do not enter a profile path they will never have a roaming profile.

    Rather than disabling the profiles, you may wish to exclude certain folders. These two posts gives may prove useful http://www.itexperience.net/2013/11/08/exclude-skydrive-or-dropbox-from-roaming-profile-2/ http://stealthpuppy.com/reduce-logon-times-by-excluding-the-bloat/ .

    If hope this answers your query. If so I would appreciate if you could mark the post as the answer.

    Kind Regards,

    Marcus
    Sunday, January 24, 2016 8:48 PM
  • I agree with Marcus, I think the Exclude directories in roaming profile policy is useful to you.

    For more information, you could refer to the article above.

    Exclude directories in roaming profile

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc975931.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396

    Best Regards,

    Jay


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    Monday, January 25, 2016 8:40 AM
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  • Hello,

    If you remove the roaming profile path from the AD user accounts on next log on users will have a local profile. They will be using the last copy that existed on their machine.

    Network drives etc will remain as is. The only issue would be if items have been configured manually (hence stored within the profile) and a user logs onto a new machine.

    If you create a new user providing you do not enter a profile path they will never have a roaming profile.

    Rather than disabling the profiles, you may wish to exclude certain folders. These two posts gives may prove useful http://www.itexperience.net/2013/11/08/exclude-skydrive-or-dropbox-from-roaming-profile-2/ http://stealthpuppy.com/reduce-logon-times-by-excluding-the-bloat/ .

    Thank you both for your answers but I have some questions regarding your suggestions.

    In order to make each profile local from roaming I think it is better to change it from the control panel of each pc, logged on as domain admin or local admin, and delete the profile path from AD afterwards. I need to clarify that on each pc of the staff there is only one profile (of each user that works on it) so there won't be any complications with the profiles.

    How does it sounds to you, am I right?

    We need to quit the solution of roaming profiles because of the problem that I mentioned on the first post so I try to figure out how to migrate the roaming profiles to fully functional local. Every user who works on one computer will not log on on another machine so everything will be done and stored locally.

    Do you think that the way that I described is wrong?

    Thursday, January 28, 2016 8:08 PM