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How to have Windows 2000 / XP roaming profile co-existence with Windows Vista    

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How to have Windows 2000 / XP roaming profile co-existence with Windows Vista



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How to have Windows 2000 / XP roaming profile co-existence with Windows Vista

Number :           SOX070803700008

 

TITLE: How to have Windows 2000 / XP roaming profile co-existence with Windows Vista

 

Problem: Win Vista Business N 32bit AL

 

ID: SOX070803700008 CRT: Aug 3 2007 MOD: Aug 3 2007

 

Problem Description

The customer is going to be slowly migrating user workstations from Windows 2000 and Windows XP to Windows Vista. Currently users have roaming profiles configured because users will logon to several different machines and they want the users to have a consistent experience no matter what workstation that they logon to.

 

The other issue is that a user might logon to a Windows XP then a Windows Vista machine and then back to a Windows XP machine.

 

The customer wanted steps on how to get the whole thing working.

 

Resolution:

 

You can download very detailed information on how User Profiles can co-exist by going to the following location:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=311f4be8-9983-4ab0-9685-f1bfec1e7d62&DisplayLang=en

 

And download the following step by step guide: Managing Roaming User Data Deployment Guide.doc

 

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1. Define the path Roaming Profile path on the Users account (More than likely this has already been done).

 

NOTE: Vista and 2000/XP/2003 Profiles are not compatible with each other. When the user logs onto a Vista machine the User will get a new profile directory created called %username%.V2 this is where the Vista profile will exist. To get around profile bloat, and excessive disk space utilization we recommend that Folder Redirection be implemented so that XP and Vista can share *most of the same profile data (My Documents, Application Data, etc). The Users MUST BEABLE TO CREATE their %UserName%.v2 directory. If they are unable to do so then Vista Roaming profiles will not work. If you need to setup the proper permissions please review the following SOX:

 

SOX040906700033 NTFS and Share Permissions Needed for User Home Directories,

Roaming Profiles, and Folder Redirection.

http://vkbexternal/VKBWebService/ViewContent.aspx?scid=SO;US;SOX040906700033

 

2. Using an XP client or Add / Edit a GPO that contains your "Folder Redirection" policies. (More than likely this has already been done).

 

3. Redirect all possible folders within the GPO to a Folder Redirection share. (Not the same as the Profile share).

NOTE: You must make sure that the "Grant the user exclusive rights to <Redirected Folder Name>" is unchecked on the Settings Tab.

 

4. Save the GPO.

 

More information about the above steps:

Windows XP does allow for folder redirection, but not all Well Known folders are available to be redirected. When you configure Folder Redirection in a Group Policy with a 2k, XP, or 2k3 Group Policy Editor it creates a FDeploy.ini file in within the GPOs folder within SYSVOL. 2k, XP, and 2K3 only look for the FDeploy.ini file, so if you want these Operating Systems to Folder redirect you need to edit the policy with a legacy operating system first so that the FDeploy.ini exists within the policy before modifying it with a Vista Machine.

 

5. Next, run GPMC on a Vista Machine, and edit the same GPO from step 2.

 

6. Review all previous Folder Redirections and on the "Settings" tab make sure that "Also apply redirection policy to Windows 2000, Windows 2000 Server, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003 operating systems" is check.

NOTE: You must make sure that the "Grant the user exclusive rights to <Redirected Folder Name>" is unchecked on the Settings Tab.

 

7. When you want to Folder Redirect a folder that is not available to redirect within Windows XP, you will need to run the Vista GPMC and edit the policy and redirect the Vista Folder to the Windows XP Roaming Profile directory. So in the case of Favorites. This folder is not available in XP for Folder Redirection, you would modify the policy with a Vista machine and configure the Folder redirection to the users XP Roaming Profile path.

 

8. Then on the two new folder redirection paths "Pictures" and "Videos" that you select "Follow the Documents folder".

 

More information about the above steps:

When you create / modify Folder redirection Policies with a Vista Machine, it creates a FDeploy1.ini file is created in the GPOs folder within SYSVOL.

It is VERY IMPORTANT that you understand this.

If you create the Folder Redirection for a folder that XP knows in the future you MUST Use a XP or 2k3 system to create the policy first. If you choose to use a Vista machine to do this, you may notice that your XP machines do not folder redirect to the correct location.

 

 



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