Roaming Profiles With XP & 2000 and Office 2003 & 2000

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by inthedark, Apr 7, 2006.

  1. inthedark

    inthedark Guest

    All worked fine, well kinda fine, with Windows 2000 Pro clients with Office
    2000. This client has 10 new PC's with XP SP2 and Office 2003. The problem
    is that they are a hot desk company so users log in to whatever PC they can
    find. The problem is that if an user changes O/S things get screwed.

    1) The shortcuts for Word, Excel, etc are different so Desktop Icons will
    only work on same type O/S.

    2) Outlook mail settings get screwed. Realy very bad things happen.

    Is there a solution?

    The MD has worked out that it would be cheaper to move to whole lot to Linux
    just don't want to do that!
    inthedark, Apr 7, 2006
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  2. 1. Profiles are not compatible between OS versions - get everyone on WinXP
    if roaming is really a need. You may be able to get away with a one-time
    "win2k user logs into winXP machine" thing, and then configure/tweak/fix
    anything that doesn't work right immediately, but don't try to go back and
    forth or Very Bad Things happen.

    2. Keep all workstations consistent with the software load as well.

    Roaming profiles are great, but you need to make sure the workstations are
    as close to identical as possible when it comes to OS and software.
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Apr 7, 2006
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  3. inthedark

    inthedark Guest

    So for this customer his options are:

    A) To upgrade all PC to XP and Office 2003

    Cost £zillions


    B) To install Windows 2000 pro & Office 2003 on the XP systems

    Cost £zero
    inthedark, Apr 10, 2006
  4. In
    It can, yes.
    Except in labor, sure.

    I personally love working with XP clients, especially when it comes to the
    extra options you get with group policy. I think it costs less to maintain
    it. A coupla other things:

    Remind the client that Win2k will reach end-of-life in terms of support far
    sooner than will XP

    Consider the age/performance of the existing Win2k workstation
    hardware....and how soon *it* is going to need replacing. It might be
    cheaper in the long run to replace the workstations with new ones
    pre-installed with OEM WinXP Pro - and perhaps even Office 2003.

    Remind the client that "things cost money." Sometimes people forget that.
    He's the one who wants roaming profiles, right?
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Apr 10, 2006
  5. inthedark

    Hank Arnold Guest

    The cost for Option B isn't "zero". You need a valid license for W2K and
    Office 2K or you are in violation of the license agreements. Just
    because you can install w/o a license # or activation doesn't mean it's

    Hank Arnold
    Hank Arnold, Apr 11, 2006
  6. inthedark

    inthedark Guest

    Thanks for that Hank, for the record, the company I am helping would not
    break any rules and neither would I. But I seem to remember reading that the
    License for Office and think it allows you to install/use an earlier verion.
    And also for Windows perhaps. So it is more likely that they will downgrade
    office 2003 to 2000 until they can affoird to upgrade all PCs to 2003.

    But Microsoft's policy is almost unworkable for large companies who don't
    seem to have any choice but move to Linux so they can at least control their
    own destiny.
    inthedark, Apr 15, 2006
  7. inthedark

    Hank Arnold Guest

    Your point is well taken. I've seen what you say when we bought Windows
    2000 Server and MS Office licenses. I can only say this is true w.r.t.
    corporate Open License situations..... Not sure how it applies otherwise.

    I wasn't really pointing at you. I was just making sure people
    understood that just because you can get away with it, it doesn't mean
    it's OK.....

    Hank Arnold
    Hank Arnold, Apr 15, 2006
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