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  • Question

  • Hello, I ask this about Windows Server 2008 R2.

    Is it a good configuration to have roaming profile in network share and folder redirection to the same folder? It means that redirected folders are in the same folder as roaming profile?

    Thanks Jan


    Jan Matejka
    Monday, September 12, 2011 10:23 AM

Answers

  • Hi,

     

    According to the configuration, I think the Folder Redirection settings are unnecessary.

     

    The Roaming Profiles will be created in \\server\profiles\%username% and the folders you can redirect will also be created in \\server\profiles\%username% by default. The Roaming Profile and the Folder Redirection settings are overlapped.

     

    Redirecting the location of the My Documents Folder outside of the users Roaming Profile is one of the best practice. For more information, please refer to the following Microsoft TechNet article:

     

    Best Practices for User Profiles

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc784484(WS.10).aspx

     

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    • Marked as answer by Jan Matejka Wednesday, September 14, 2011 10:17 AM
    Tuesday, September 13, 2011 3:38 PM
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  • Hi,

    There are chances of NTUSER.DAT file to grow larger and users may face slow login issue.

    One of the most common sources of profile bloat is user data in roaming profile

    You can try the below steps to reduce the size of user profile

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc781862(WS.10).aspx

    Set the limit of user profile

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms812012.aspx


    The slow response issue with roaming profile is discussed in the below

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winserverGP/thread/90b8ca85-bc23-4d76-8681-0598f8fd2b3f

     

    • Edited by Sukhwin08 Monday, September 12, 2011 11:45 AM
    Monday, September 12, 2011 11:42 AM
  • Hi,

    Yes.

    The roaming profile takes precedence over any local profile that might exist. Therefore, the entire profile is copied from the server to the local C:\Documents and Settings folder as a part of the login process. As before, if the user has a lot of large files, this can take a long time to complete and user logon process becomes slow.

    Folder redirection allows you to save portions of the user’s profile in a different location on the network. The advantage to using folder redirection is that once a folder has been redirected to an alternate location, it no longer has to be copied every time that the user logs on or off. Windows just understands that those particular folders will always reside on the network. Windows will only touch those folders when it needs to open a file from one of them.

    http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/profile-folder-redirection-windows-server-2003.html


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    Monday, September 12, 2011 11:43 AM
  • Thank a lot. I understand folder redirection and roaming profiles, but what about situation that redirected folder are directed to roaming profile folder?

    Roaming profile folder: \\server\profiles

    Redirected folders:\\server\profiles\%username%

    I solve really strange problem so I think this is not good configuration.

    Jan


    Jan Matejka
    Monday, September 12, 2011 11:50 AM
  • Hi,

    Check out this link

    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/oldnewthing/archive/2006/02/06/525700.aspx


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    Monday, September 12, 2011 12:34 PM
  • Hi,

     

    According to the configuration, I think the Folder Redirection settings are unnecessary.

     

    The Roaming Profiles will be created in \\server\profiles\%username% and the folders you can redirect will also be created in \\server\profiles\%username% by default. The Roaming Profile and the Folder Redirection settings are overlapped.

     

    Redirecting the location of the My Documents Folder outside of the users Roaming Profile is one of the best practice. For more information, please refer to the following Microsoft TechNet article:

     

    Best Practices for User Profiles

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc784484(WS.10).aspx

     

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    • Marked as answer by Jan Matejka Wednesday, September 14, 2011 10:17 AM
    Tuesday, September 13, 2011 3:38 PM
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  • Thanks a lot. I want to discuss that this configuration is not suitable.

    Thanks

    Jan


    Jan Matejka
    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 10:17 AM