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  • Question regarding the use of redirected folders and roaming profiles

    I have some questions regarding the best use of redirected folders and roaming profiles in SBS 2011.

    My standard setup at the moment is to redirect documents and desktop, then set up roaming profile to take care of everything else (favourites, outlook settings etc).
    However, my issue with this is that I have to go into AD to set up profile redirection - and therefor when creating additional users, this is a bit of a manual process (that could get forgotten).

    Just now I looked back on a recent installation I done (running in a terminal server environment) and on that install I had used GPO for everything - making use of the favorites,start menu AND Appdata folder redirect.

    It seems this is a better way of doing it, as its all automated.

    I just wonder if there is anything else important that would be left in the local profile, and also what the general bets practices are for this situation - the goal being to leave as little on the local computer as possible.

    thanks in advance.
    David Silvester
    Systems Administrator

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    Re: Question regarding the use of redirected folders and roaming profiles

    Just finished another migration this weekend, from sbs 2003 to sbs 2011.
    In this scenario I decided to go totally with redirected folders, configured by GPO and it definitely seems much more straight forward than bothering with roaming profiles.

    The bets advantage is that with roaming profiles, as administrator you have no access by default, and if you take ownership, permissions have to be set very specifically in order for it to continue to work.

    Whereas with redirected folders, you can specify in GPO that you do not want user granted exclusive permission - which means as administrator you can access everything, which makes putting data back very easy (in a migration scenario).
    David Silvester
    Systems Administrator

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