Managing Roaming User Data XP v Vista

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Administration' started by Pete Gomersall, Feb 8, 2007.

  1. Hi all,
    I have read the "Managing Roaming User Data Deployment Guide" however I am a
    little confused about "Scenario 3: Windows Vista and Windows XP Roaming User
    Profile Interoperability" I do not think this is an adequate explanation and
    can someone clarify from MSFT?
    The scenario is just way too superficial in my opinion, in fact the document
    as a whole needs a rewrite.
    So my questions that are not explained or clear in the document are as
    Do XP and Vista clients need their own separate GPO which set redirection
    policies or will the one GPO as described in scenario 3 suffice?
    The section on page 34 describes how to "Configure the Application Data
    folder to interoperate between Windows Vista and Windows XP". You go on to
    say "Right-click the Application Data folder" - do you mean AppData(Roaming)
    folder since you are on Vista client and Vista GPMC?
    I start to get worried here as I believe there are errors in the document!
    Later in the same section it states: "6. Clear the Also apply redirection
    policy to Windows 2000, Windows 2000 Server, Windows XP, and Windows Server
    2003 operating systems check box and then click OK" and then "This policy
    setting should apply only to clients running Windows Vista and not to
    earlier versions of Windows."
    So my question is, is this GPO just for Vista clients? Do you need another
    for XP that has the APPData(Roaming) setting for "Also apply redirection
    policy to Windows 2000, Windows 2000 Server, Windows XP, and Windows Server
    2003 operating systems" checked and pointing to the same share location?
    Otherwise if you deselect AppData for legacy clients how would those clients
    know to redirect to the correct application data location that is shared
    with Vista.

    I guess what I am really saying is that the document is really a "do this
    document" with no explanation as to why, it then fails to give clear
    unambiguous instructions and the reader is left wondering what you really
    Other questions that are related, like: "is it best practice to have
    speficic OU's for Vista client machines"? I would think it is not but I have
    not sceen a statement that says speficically "Vista clients should co-exist
    in OU's with other client machines" or something to the effect.
    So can someone from MSFT take a look at this document and make sure it is
    clear and unambiguous for us poor system administrators that are going to
    have to make roaming profiles interoperate between 2000, XP and Vista?
    Also if anyone in the IT community would like to comment or help I would
    very much appreciate it.
    But in the short term " do you need one GPO for XP (legacy machines) and
    another for Vista to make roaming profiles inter operate correctly?
    Pete Gomersall
    Systems Administrator
    Northern Arizona University
    Pete Gomersall, Feb 8, 2007
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  2. Pete Gomersall

    Mark Riehm Guest

    Hi Pete,
    I agree - I have just spent 2 days trying to lab XP vx Vista roaming profile
    / folder redirection based on the "Managing Roaming User Data Deployment
    Guide". I was starting to wonder if it was just me, or if others noticed that
    the doc is ambiguous and unactionable. I independantly arrived at the same
    questions about single vs. duplicate GPOs, and when a policy should have the
    compatibility setting checked.

    This document is not usable in it's present form, and needs to be clarified.
    Most web advice just points to this doc. This issues is URGENT for those of
    us we depend on interoperability.

    **Microsoft, please help!!!**

    Mark Riehm
    CEO, FSBiT Inc.
    Mark Riehm, Feb 9, 2007
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