Server 2003 Roaming Profile

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Hi, I am using Windows Server 2003 in a small office. I have a user who has a laptop, and will be working away from the office most of the time. I want to store this users details on the server as a profile. What is the best way to make his profile sync with the server when he is in the office and run normally without error messages when he is out of the office? Thanks Nick

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Setup a roaming profile for the user. This will keep a copy of the users profile on the server. The user will use the local copy of the profile when he is both in the office and out of the office. When the user is in the office and logs onto of off of his laptop the profile will be synced with the copy which is stored on the server.

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  • Wrobinson
    Yes, configuring a roaming profile will store the user's settings on the network and s/he will still be able to log on to the local workstation when they are out of the office using a cached copy of their profile. This means that cached/local profiles must be supported on the workstation. You must also consider whether or not to use offline synchronization for documents. If you do use offline synchronization with roaming profiles, watch out for the following known issue http://support.microsoft.com/kb/842007
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  • Nickc1976
    Hi, Thanks for the advice. I gave the user a roaming profile, and this works fine when the user is in the office. However, when the user is away from the office, they get an error message when booting up stating the roaming profile cannot be found, and a default local profile is loaded. If I make the profile local, this gives the user access to all the shared drives whilst in the office, and allows them to log on whilst away from the office without any error messages, but the users profile is not backed up on the server. Is there a way around this? Nick
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