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  • Ramifications for changing from Roaming Profile to Local Profile

    What are the steps besides changing user profile from Roaming to Local on a Windows XP workstation tied into a Windows 2003 SBS with some group policy items which Appear to be controlling some redirections?

    I suspect one must change the AD profile path.... But what else?

    Does one have to copy the network based profile somewhere for safety in this procedure? Any other ramifications?

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    Re: Ramifications for changing from Roaming Profile to Local Profile

    When you change from roaming to local the users will use any cached profiles on the machine that they log on to. If there is no profile it will create one.

    What roaming profiles do is, at user logon, copy the profile down from the network location and then, at logoff, copy the profile back. There is still a copy located on the local machine. Removing roaming profiles essentially stops the process of copying down and copying back.

    So if a user has logged on to a computer while roaming profiles are enabled and then you turn off roaming profiles, the user won't know the difference because the machine has a copy of the profile already.
    Regards,
    Jeremy

    Network Consultant/Engineer
    Baltimore - Washington area and beyond
    www.gma-cpa.com

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