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    Angry Roaming Profiles in 2008 - how do you do it?

    Hi folks,

    Just having some problems implementing roaming profiles on 2008. I have got it sorted on 2003. I have taken the same setup and applied it to the group policy. I have done the following:

    Profile - \\servername\profile$\%username%
    Home - U: Profile - \\servername\home$\%username%

    Then in the group policy i have set user config > windows settings > folder redirection to
    appdata (roaming) - basic \\servername\home$
    desktop - basic \\servername\home$
    documents - basic \\servername\home$

    All other folders (pictires, music, videos etc) set to follow the dowload folder.

    Is this how everyone else does this?

    The problem seems to arise when i switch between the classic start menu and the new vista menu. On the classic menu things seem ok. When i use the new start menu things seem to go to different places. I cannot deploy it like this because users will loose their work and things will be a nightmare for the support staff!

    Has anyone else successfully deployed roaming profiles in 2008? Any tips gratefully received

    Thanks in advance

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    I did it the same as 2003 and it works fine. Although we all use classic start menu.

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    When I deployed profiles under Vista I simply used group policy to hide any of the unnecessary extra folders in the new menu, especially the 'user' folder and only left the truly necessary ones like redirected documents. This seemed to go down much better with the teachers as there were far less options for them to get distracted by.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    When I deployed profiles under Vista I simply used group policy to hide any of the extra folders, especially the 'user' folder and only left the truly necessary ones like redirected documents. This seemed to go down much better with the teachers as there were far less options for them to get distracted by.
    where does that group policy live please?

    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    where does that group policy live please?

    thanks
    Pretty sure it is under the "Start Menu and Taskbar" container in user settings under "Administrative Templates" but I am nowhere near a vista machine at the moment to check. This does rely on having a 2008 server or administering through a Vista SP1 machine though.

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    yer our DC's are server 2008 so that wont be a problem. I cant seem to get rid of the user folders on the desktop

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    yer our DC's are server 2008 so that wont be a problem. I cant seem to get rid of the user folders on the desktop
    I didn't have that problem, I don't think that they show up by default if you are using the new menu system but it could be some other policy that is set somewhere else.

    I have two separate policies for users which are filtered by which OS the user is logged in with. If they are logged in to an XP box they get one setup and if Vista a completely different policy. I found that much of the stuff that I set up for XP simply made stuff more tricky in Vista hence the separation.

    I have the Vista machines in completely separate containers so I don't need the filter on the machine polices but as the users are all in the same place and can log in to either I set up the filtering.

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    Should the application data be going to the home folder or go into the profile folder?

    Cheers for the tips.

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