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Remove Roaming Profiles but Retain data on Local Machines

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  • Hello All,

    I am trying to remove Roaming Profiles in a Win Serv 2003 environment. We want to make certain that none of the users lose their profiles, but they are transferred to the workstations that they belong to after the roaming profile is disabled through AD. 

    Tuesday, August 23, 2016 8:07 PM

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  • Hi,
    By default, when roaming profile users log on to a computer, the user’s roaming profile is copied to the local computer. If the user has previously logged on to this computer, the roaming profile is merged with the local profile. Similarly, when the user logs off from this computer, the local copy of the profile, including any changes the user made, is merged with the server copy of the profile. If the roaming profile are working fine, the local copy and the copy on the server should be the same after user logoff. If you disable roaming profile, user logging on this computer will use their local profile or standard roaming user profile. At logoff, changes are saved to the local profile. All subsequent logons use the local profile. Please make sure the local cached copy of the user profile is not deleted before disabling the above policy. Also, please keep the copy on the server until you can make sure everything is working fine.

    You could use group policy to disable roaming profile, please see details from:
    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj649079(v=ws.11).aspx#RUP_Step3CreateaGPOforRoamingUserProfilesBest regards,
    Wendy


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    Wednesday, August 24, 2016 6:43 AM
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  • Hi,
    By default, when roaming profile users log on to a computer, the user’s roaming profile is copied to the local computer. If the user has previously logged on to this computer, the roaming profile is merged with the local profile. Similarly, when the user logs off from this computer, the local copy of the profile, including any changes the user made, is merged with the server copy of the profile. If the roaming profile are working fine, the local copy and the copy on the server should be the same after user logoff. If you disable roaming profile, user logging on this computer will use their local profile or standard roaming user profile. At logoff, changes are saved to the local profile. All subsequent logons use the local profile. Please make sure the local cached copy of the user profile is not deleted before disabling the above policy. Also, please keep the copy on the server until you can make sure everything is working fine.

    You could use group policy to disable roaming profile, please see details from:
    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj649079(v=ws.11).aspx#RUP_Step3CreateaGPOforRoamingUserProfilesBest regards,
    Wendy


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    Wednesday, August 24, 2016 6:43 AM
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  • Hi,

    I am checking how the issue going, if you still have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

    Appreciate for your feedback.

    Best regards,

    Wendy


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    Monday, August 29, 2016 7:23 AM
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