Updating at t roaming
This means if any administrator logs on to a workstation with this policy applied they will be configured to use a roaming profile. Edit a Group Policy object that is targeted to your workstations Step 2.Navigate to Computer Configuration User Profiles and enable the “Set roaming profile path for all users logging onto this computer” and configure the path to \PROFILESERVERNAME\Users$\%username%\profile .Read Me First: If you are using Folder Redirection with Windows 7 in your organisation then I would definitely recommend that you check my other blog post about a pretty nasty Folder redirection bug and how to fix it at Disappearing Folder Redirection Issues with Windows 7Update: I have new blog post that describes the new “Primary Computer” feature in Windows 8 for folder redirection at How to configure a “Primary Computer” (a.k.a.ms DS-Primary Computer property) in Windows 8 I also talk about this feature in a Tech Net Edge video at Edge Show 55 Roaming Profiles and Folder redirection is what allows a user to logon onto any computer in an organisations and have all their personal files and setting apply to that computer as it was the last time they used a computer.Below is the view of a users roaming profile configured to \server04.contoso.local\users$\%username%\profile .If you are a Windows XP user this will translate to \server04.contoso.local\users$\sam\profile and if you are a Windows Vista/7 users this will translate to \server04.contoso.local\users$\sam\profile.v2 and if you are a Windows 8.1 with the “ registrey key enabled it will be \server04.contoso.local\users$\sam\profile.v3 Explanation: I have added “\profile” onto the end of what would normally be the profile path so that when the profile is created it is placed at the same level as all the other redirected folders. Reference: you setup the optional Profiles$ share for Windows XP then you will need to make sure the share you use is profiles$ (not users$) and there is no need for the additional \Profiles folder to be specified.In this section I will go through (in no particular order) the Group Policy settings I recommend you configure for setting up roaming profiles.
This can be then be deployed using the Group Policy Preferences Registry Extension that is targeted to the Windows 8.1 Computers.Windows 8 and 8.1 now has another version of roaming profiles which are incompatible with the Windows Vista/7 versions (As of the November 2013 Windows 8.1 update there is now a registry key you can set to spawn a .v3 profile to avoid conflicts with older versions of the profile.However as Windows Vista and Windows 7 now uploads the profile asynchronously loading the profile via a higher latency lower bandwidth link is not so noticeable unless the users has never logged on to that computer before.Amazingly I am not going to recommend the per computer Group Policy method as there is no way you can get around not having a roaming profile if you logon as an administrator.
Once feature that was introduced in new version of Active Directory Users and Computer in Windows Server 2003 was the ability to update user attributes with multiple users in one action (see image below).