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Roaming Profiles - Setup

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#1 marshall@


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Posted 20 March 2006 - 08:35 AM

I have a new 2003 SERVER to install with 15 XP Pro workstations. I want to create roaming profiles for the users so they can move around the office at will. They will be using a few "hosted" applications as well as some on their local networks including OUTLOOK 2003. How can I create the same environment for them at different computers?

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Posted 20 March 2006 - 10:29 AM

From Windows XP Pro help:

To create a roaming or mandatory profile
Open Computer Management.
In the console tree, click Users.
Computer Management
System Tools
Local Users and Groups

Computer Management
System Tools
Local Users and Groups
Right-click the user account you want, and then click Properties.
On the Profile tab, in Profile path, type the path to the share where the profile will be saved.
For a network path, use the following form:


For example:



To open Computer Management, click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel. Double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Computer Management.
To create a roaming or mandatory user profile, use Shared Folders in Computer Management to create a share on the appropriate server. Then, grant Full Control to the Everyone group, and type the full path in Profile path, such as:

If users will not log on to computers running Windows NT 3.x, then the user profile path does not need a file name. If users will log on to computers running Windows NT 3.x as well as to computers running Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, or Windows XP, then the user profile path must contain a file name. The file name can be that of a roaming user profile (.usr) or a mandatory user profile (.man), such as:

If users will log on only to computers running Windows 2000 or Windows XP, the user profile path should be to a folder name and should not include an extension of .usr or .man. If the folder specified in the user profile path does not exist, it is automatically created the first time the user logs on.
To assign the same preconfigured roaming user profile to multiple user accounts, first enter the user profile path separately for each user account specified in step 4. Then, you must copy a preconfigured user profile to the location that you specify in step 4. To do this, click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click System. On the Advanced tab, under User Profiles, click Settings. Click the profile you want to copy, and then click Copy To.

When administering multiple user accounts, do not assign one preconfigured roaming user profile to multiple accounts unless it is a mandatory user profile.

Also see:

Some Issues to Consider If Windows XP Users Have Roaming Profiles

Group Policy does not apply roaming profiles correctly if NTuser.dat and NTuser.pol files are not synchronized

Windows XP Professional users receive a "Windows cannot update your roaming profile" error message when they log off

Roaming profiles may not unload after you use WMI on a Windows Server 2003-based computer or a Windows XP-based computer

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Edited by Enthusiast, 20 March 2006 - 10:37 AM.

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