Roaming User Profiles - Manual Sync?

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Bob, May 1, 2007.

  1. Bob

    Bob Guest

    Is there a way to synchronize my local profile with my Roaming User Profile
    (RUP) found on the server WITHOUT having to logoff and on again?

    An example of the probllem:
    If I make changes to my local profile (such as Favorites), and then wish to
    log onto a second machine using the same profile, I need to log off the first
    machine so as to upload the changes to my Favorites before I can log onto the
    second machine (so that it may download the changes).

    I don't have this problem with redirected folders, because those changes are
    uploaded in immediately and only cached locally as backup.

    Another issue is I noticed I may have a RUP problem and it would be much
    faster to diagnoise if I didn't have to log on and off all the time.

    Thanks!
     
    Bob, May 1, 2007
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  2. Bob

    Jeremy Guest

    You can simply copy the profile up, but it wont copy the NTuser.dat file
    because it is loaded into the registry at the time. I'd use robocopy to do
    it so that it will just skip open files. Something like this:

    ROBOCOPY "C:\documents and settings\username" \\server\share\username /e
    /w:0 /r:0

    Alternatively you could use a custom policy and redirect favourites too.

    Cheers,
    Jeremy.
     
    Jeremy, May 1, 2007
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  3. Bob

    Bob Guest

    Thanks Jeremy, I'll give it a try. I first look, it seems RoboCopy can
    process empty directories (whereas SyncToy can not). Maybe I'll use RoboCopy
    to replace SyncToy also?
     
    Bob, May 1, 2007
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  4. Hello Bob,

    Thank you for posting in the Microsoft newsgroup!

    From your post, my understanding on this issue is: you want to sync roaming
    profile manually. If I have misunderstood your problem, please feel free to
    let me know.

    First thank to Jeremy for his key in. It's greatly appreciated.

    The sync behavior is controlled by Client Side Caching(CSC). Except use
    robocopy to copy everything manually, you have another two methods to do
    that:
    1. Manually invoke sync via Offline Files icon on system tray.
    2. Use scheduled sync

    Both of the methods will do the same thing when logon and logoff.

    Have a great day!

    Best Regards,

    Sean Cai, MCSE2000
    Microsoft Online Support

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    Sean Cai [MSFT], May 2, 2007
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  5. Bob

    Bob Guest

    Hi Sean,

    I think you might not understand the issue.

    I speaking about Roaming User Profiles (RUP); not Redirected Folders.

    Although Redirected folders (such as My Documents, Application Data and
    Desktop) generally do make use of Client Side Cache (CSC), and therefore they
    can be synchronized, RUP is not cached and is not kept in CSC.

    If think it was possible to cache RUP in Windows 2000, but I belive this
    would post an error event - warning the administrator not to do it as it
    risks data loss. I think Windows Server 2003 won't allow it (but stills posts
    and error event if the RUP folder on the server does not specifically forbid
    caching).
     
    Bob, May 2, 2007
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  6. Hello Bob,

    Sorry I misunderstood your problem.

    In this case, Jeremy's suggestion will be the best way to sync the folder.
    I hope your test will go well.

    Best Regards,

    Sean Cai, MCSE2000
    Microsoft Online Support

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    Sean Cai [MSFT], May 3, 2007
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