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Is there a way to force a user's desktop to follow them from PC to PC as they log on?

Expert Jeremy Moskowitz points a user to information on Roaming Profiles; a helpful tool for Windows Server 2003 Group Policy.

When using Group Policy for Windows Server 2003, is there a way to force a user's desktop to follow them from PC to PC as they log on? I have searched and don't seem to be able to find this. I would appreciate any advice you could give.

The answer you seek is called "Roaming Profiles." Microsoft has some basic documentation on Roaming Profiles here, but I've documented the heck out of how they actually work, live and breathe in my Group Policy book at GPanswers.com. Only caveat -- don't use Windows XP or Windows 2000 roaming profiles and expect to be able to roam alongside with Windows NT and Windows 95 clients. That doesn't work so well.

This was first published in April 2006

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