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    Copy User Profiles to Network

    I was not able to find a question specifically about this, so sorry if I missed it. I work for a hospital that has five pharmacies in three cities. Many of our pharmacists and technicians have multiple user profiles because they work in more than one area and/or more than one city. Each user has a personal folder (it's on a server our IT folks named Z) and the ** Possible SPAM post - please alert a Moderator (2)** service has a folder on the Y: server. I know you can't just copy and paste the Documents and Settings folder while you're logged in (due to a couple of .DAT files, if I remember right.) Is there a program that a user could run from the Y: drive, copy everything possible from Cocuments and SettingsUser, and paste it to Z:? If so, how do I deal with users that have profiles on more than one computer?

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    Re: Copy User Profiles to Network

    Why don't they have roaming profiles? That way they are kept on the server and accessed when the user logs on?

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    Re: Copy User Profiles to Network

    We do have roaming profiles, yet there's still have a lot of room for customizations, such as IE favorites, desktop shortcuts, cookies, history, etc., that are specific to that PC. Also, our Outlook setup is a little, well, odd I guess. If the user doesn't set up his/her archive file correctly, it sits in the Documents and Settings folder on the PC instead of on the network. So a user could have archive files scattered everywhere. And, when Dell or whoever gets the new lease comes, those archives are gone. I'm not well versed in networking issues, so I hope this make sense. Give me an Excel problem any day. Thanks.
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    Re: Copy User Profiles to Network

    Favorites, personal desktop shortcuts and cookies are part of the roaming profile, so they should travel with the user.

    Outlook is indeed the odd man out - it stores its data files by default in a subfolder of Local Settings, which is not part of the roaming profile. I guess that this has been done because Outlook data files quickly become very large. Since a roaming profile has to synchronize the local and network versions each time you log in and log out, storing the Outlook data files inside the roaming profile could cause *very* long logon/logoff times. If your network is fast enough, you can store the Outlook data files on a network folder (that's what I do at work), but that might be slow over a WAN. It's a trade-off between speed and convenience.

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    Re: Copy User Profiles to Network

    We don't have any problems with the regular Outlook files, thank goodness. It's the archives where a user can have one or two at this hospital, one or two at another, and one more at a third. I don't understand why Outlook doesn't ask you where to store your archive when it sets up for the first time on a given PC. It prompts you where for your Exchange server name and your network user name. It would seem an easy prompt to add.
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    Re: Copy User Profiles to Network

    (You replied to yourself, not to me)

    If you're on Exchange server, mails, appointments etc. are stored on the server, so unless you need offline access, you don't need a .pst file for that. Outlook *needs* to prompt the user for the Exchange server - it cannot guess that for you.

    As for storing the archive by default in a local-only file, I think it's part of Microsoft's effort to make it as easy as possible for entry-level users. You have to do more work if you want a non-standard setting, but it's not really difficult.

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    Re: Copy User Profiles to Network

    Well, it's still Monday in my time zone. Sorry. It does not sound like I have a great deal to worry about. The exceptions would be those who are worried about losing their Outlook archive(s) or who have custom software installed on a PC, like my Excel add-ins. Is that fair to say?
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    Re: Copy User Profiles to Network

    Sounds right. Yes, custom software is a problem, since that is almost always installed on the local hard disk, and will not travel with the profile.

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    Re: Copy User Profiles to Network

    In this circumstance, perhaps Microsoft's Terminal Server would be worth considering? By having nothing (much!) on the PC, you avoid the problem of "Where's my Stuff?" There is a slight associated cost, of course... <img src=/S/yikes.gif border=0 alt=yikes width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Copy User Profiles to Network

    Not sure if this is the same thing, but we have tried thin clients. Calling them a disaster would be a understatement. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> Thanks for replying.
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    Re: Copy User Profiles to Network

    Well, Microsoft speaks very highly of it!

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    Re: Copy User Profiles to Network

    What doesn't Microsoft speak very highly of that has their brand on it? <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>
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