SBS 2003, XP vs. Win7, and Roaming Profiles

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by SteveM, Mar 4, 2010.

  1. SteveM

    SteveM Guest

    I have a client with SBS 2003 to which I am introducing Windows 7
    clients on a gradual basis, to mix with their existing XP client base.
    The client's staff operate a hot-desking policy that is supported by
    roaming profiles, and I made it abundantly clear to management, in
    advance of this, about the importance of users sticking to either XP or
    Win7 workstations. Of course, while the cat's away the mice will play...

    ....with management away and a Win7 client user on vacation today, one
    (XP) user decided to make use of a Win7 workstation. Now, I can deal
    with the issue and will now probably put in place policies that prevent
    users from logging in locally to the wrong group of computers.
    Management isn't too keen on this though. So, my question to you is:
    can you assist me with any arguments as to the *specific* consequences
    of roaming users roaming 'too far'? Any and all help will be
    appreciated. Thanks.
    SteveM, Mar 4, 2010
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  2. SteveM

    Joe Guest

    Profiles changed with Vista, and became backwards-incompatible. The
    specific issue is that two profiles will exist for each user who logs
    onto both systems, and changes made to one will not propagate to the
    other. People are effectively different users on the two systems, as far
    as shortcuts, configurations and so on are concerned. Of course the
    server will see them as the same person, but their desktop, start menu
    etc. will not.

    As long as nobody is actually storing files in their profile, which will
    be inaccessible from the other, the only thing people will complain
    about is making configuration changes to Office etc. and new shortcuts
    which will need to be done in both profiles if they are to stay consistent.

    There's no risk of data loss that I'm aware of.
    Joe, Mar 4, 2010
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  3. SteveM

    SteveM Guest

    Thanks Joe. The Desktop (and My Documents) aren't a big issue, because
    they are redirected (outside of their profile). So are the users'
    ApplicationData folders (which might be more of an issue). However,
    some files are always stored in a profile, such as their Outlook
    profile, signature files, etc., etc., so changes to these will not
    propogate to the other.
    SteveM, Mar 4, 2010
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    Joe Guest

    Outlook, up to 2007 anyway, has never played the profile game very well,
    and has to be configured for each user on each machine. The initial
    profile has to be created from Mail on the machine's Control Panel,
    though at least that happens automatically now at the first logon. So
    there's not so much of a loss there.

    But it's worth encouraging users to keep 'master' copies of things like
    Outlook signatures in their server files areas, in this case the My
    Documents would be OK. I've had some trouble with Vista profiles, and
    have not yet successfully repaired a broken one. So it's as well to keep
    certain things stored outside the roaming part of the profile, or at
    least synchronised to somewhere outside. Invariably, when someone loses
    something in a broken file or profile, it turns out that last night's
    backup was the only one for weeks that failed...
    Joe, Mar 4, 2010
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