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    I have a question about backing up user profiles on desktop computers.

    What kind of backup do you use for user profiles, does the roaming profile seams good option or do you use any other solution.

    If you use roaming profiles how do you back them up. Because they are not accessible by other users/administrators. Do you change ownership of folders eg. user.V2 in roaming profile directory.

    Thanks for your suggestions

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    Re: backup user profiles in domain

    If you are not using roaming profiles (which are backed up at the server level) I would not bother. Users should not be keeping anything vital on the local machine so losing a profile is not the end of the world.

    If there are some things which do need backup, consider redirecting the relevant profile folders to a server
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    • #3
      Re: backup user profiles in domain

      Hi firsttux,
      If I remember correctly, you don't need folder access to backup it using backup software API (ntbackup, arcserve, brightstore, netbackup, etc.) You might need access for SYSTEM...
      Anyway, some 2 cents of my experience:
      - You can give administrators access to profiles, it's configurable via group policy.
      - Using group policy you can redirect user documents folder to network drive. This way you can backup their documents centrally.

      Personally, if your users don't change workstations, I would recommend against roaming profiles. Use theme if you must (roaming workers, TS/citrix environment).
      Good luck.

      MCSE 2003, MCITP EA, VCP4.