The Real (and Virtual) Adventures of Nathan the IT Guy

Oct 28 2008   4:02AM GMT

Advice on Roaming Profiles

Nathan Simon Nathan Simon Profile: Nathan Simon

They have one pro and some cons… mind you the pro is kind of all encompassing…

The pro is basically that you can have your profile on any PC in your organization. This means you don’t have to reset up outlook, favorites, desktops, etc… everything is there.

The Cons, Outlook and Outlook express can be finicky with Roaming profiles, sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t. Depending on the size of the profile, the initial sync can take a long time (if you’ve invested in a gigabit network you have that covered). A warning here, DO NOT use offline folders with roaming profiles. it is a very bad combo and I have never really had luck with it. I have come across some companies where previous consultants setup roaming profiles, OKAY, but then they have My Documents redirected to the server AND offline folders set to My Documents. I mean who does that? I just had to laugh at that, then promptly disabled Offline files. I almost forgot that you have to make sure domain users or the users account is a local admin, this usually helps with roaming profiles.

Anyways enough about that… enjoy your evening!


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