We have recently upgraded the domain server to Windows Server 2008 from SBS 2003 and now I am having more and more problems with the roaming profiles for Windows XP workstation users.
It appears that the profiles are being correctly updated on the server, but not on the workstation.
To get around this Microsoft users folder redirection to essentially redirect parts of a users profile to a file share on a server where it is centrally access whenever they logon to a computer.
In case you still wondering what User State Virtualization is then check out the overview video from Microsoft below: You have always been able to configured a users roaming profile patch by configuring the Profile Path on the users account (see image below).
This would allow you to point users in the local site to the closest/quickest roaming profile server to reduce the time it takes to logon and logoff.
However as Windows Vista and Windows 7 now uploads the profile asynchronously loading the profile via a higher latency lower bandwidth link is not so noticeable unless the users has never logged on to that computer before.
ms DS-Primary Computer property) in Windows 8 I also talk about this feature in a Tech Net Edge video at Edge Show 55 Roaming Profiles and Folder redirection is what allows a user to logon onto any computer in an organisations and have all their personal files and setting apply to that computer as it was the last time they used a computer.
This is really a Win/Win for Users and IT Pros as for a user this is a big time saver as they no longer need to waste time setting up their drives, printers and other personal settings when they have to use another computers.Need a tool to generate your own configuration files?Need a technical note to ensure that you proceed with installation, deployment and usage of Novell Secure Login with ease?You'll also learn what to do when these measures fail and what to have ready when you call support.Read Me First: If you are using Folder Redirection with Windows 7 in your organisation then I would definitely recommend that you check my other blog post about a pretty nasty Folder redirection bug and how to fix it at Disappearing Folder Redirection Issues with Windows 7Update: I have new blog post that describes the new “Primary Computer” feature in Windows 8 for folder redirection at How to configure a “Primary Computer” (a.k.a.Warning: The biggest problem with the Per Computer roaming profile configuration is that there is no way to exclude you administrator accounts from also getting this policy as it is a per computer policy.