Server 2008 as Terminal Server - Change location of User Profiles

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  1. Rick Edelman

    Rick Edelman Guest

    Hello -

    I'm having trouble setting up a Windows Server 2008 as a terminal server in
    a Windows Small Business Server 2003 environment - sort of.

    My customer bought a Dell server with the drives partitioned as 40GB/300GB.

    I had no problem setting up Server 2008 as a terminal server and everthing
    is fine - except the user profiles are created on the "C:" drive - where I
    know there will not be enough room. I want the user profiles to be created
    on the "D:" drive.

    I've tried using setting the user profile in the "Profile Path" section of
    the user properties - when logging in the profile is still set in the Users
    directory on C: and it is temporary - goes away when user logs off.

    I've also tried using group policy - with many different results - none of
    which works.

    One piece of additional info - all the users that are logging into the
    Terminal Server are a unique group of users - and they ONLY log in to the
    Terminal Server. All the users are in their own container in the Active
    Directory.

    How do I configure the server(s) to place the user's profile on "D:" drive.
    (I've already created a home directory for them.)

    Thanks,

    Rick
    Rick Edelman, Jun 7, 2009
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  2. Hi Rick:

    Actually, very little information or data should be stored in the profile.
    I truly don't see this as a problem. The one folder that might be
    questionable is the My Documents folder for each user, and you can relocate
    those.

    I have not looked, but it might be easier to create a GPO that moves just
    that one folder on the TS, or if this is SBS, the document redirection
    wizard should do it.

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    Larry Struckmeyer
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    "Rick Edelman" <> wrote in message
    news:%...
    > Hello -
    >
    > I'm having trouble setting up a Windows Server 2008 as a terminal server
    > in a Windows Small Business Server 2003 environment - sort of.
    >
    > My customer bought a Dell server with the drives partitioned as
    > 40GB/300GB.
    >
    > I had no problem setting up Server 2008 as a terminal server and everthing
    > is fine - except the user profiles are created on the "C:" drive - where I
    > know there will not be enough room. I want the user profiles to be
    > created on the "D:" drive.
    >
    > I've tried using setting the user profile in the "Profile Path" section of
    > the user properties - when logging in the profile is still set in the
    > Users directory on C: and it is temporary - goes away when user logs off.
    >
    > I've also tried using group policy - with many different results - none of
    > which works.
    >
    > One piece of additional info - all the users that are logging into the
    > Terminal Server are a unique group of users - and they ONLY log in to the
    > Terminal Server. All the users are in their own container in the Active
    > Directory.
    >
    > How do I configure the server(s) to place the user's profile on "D:"
    > drive. (I've already created a home directory for them.)
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > Rick
    >
    Larry Struckmeyer [SBS MVP], Jun 7, 2009
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  3. Hello,

    Thank you for posting here.

    According to your description, I understand that:

    You want to change the default profile store on the Windows Server 2008
    Terminal Service.

    If I have misunderstood the problem, please don't hesitate to let me know.

    Information needed:
    =======================
    1. From the description that you set the Terminal Service profile path D:\
    in the user accounts' Properties, I'd like to know whether those user
    accounts have the proper permissions on the folder that you specified as
    the profile store.

    2. What errors/events is logged on the Windows Server 2008 TS? You may
    collect the MPS report (PFE version) on the Windows Server 2008 server. The
    MPS Reporting Tool is utilized to gather detailed information regarding a
    systems current configuration including event logs. To collect the PFE log:

    1. Please download MPS Reporting Tool (MPSRPT_PFE.EXE) from the following
    link:
    (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=00ad0eac-720f-4441
    -9ef6-ea9f657b5c2f&DisplayLang=en)

    Please note: The link may be truncated when you read the E-mail. Be sure to
    include all text between '(' and ')' when navigating to the download
    location.

    2. Right click MPSRPT_PFE.EXE and select Run as Administrator to run this
    tool, and you will see a Command Window start up.

    3. Please type Y with the message of <Include the MSINFO32 report?
    (defaults to Y in 15 seconds)[Y,N]?

    4. When the tool is done you will see an Explorer Window opening up the
    %systemroot%\MPSReports\Setup\Reports\cab folder and containing a
    <Computername>MPSReports.cab file. Then send the package to me at
    for further investigation.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to let me
    know.



    Best regards,

    Miles Li
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