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Using Folder Redirection

User profile problems are a common complaint with users. When using a roaming profile, the entire profile is loaded and unloaded to the terminal server and then returned to the file server storing the profiles. As users perform their work, their profile grows and can become very large. This large profile takes longer to load and unload and increases the opportunity for corruption. This added time is also perceived as a slowdown in performance of the terminal server or XenApp server. When a profile becomes corrupted, the administrator has to try to repair it or delete it and create a new one for the user. That means that all recent documents, desktop settings, favorites, and the like, are lost. This is not a popular scenario for users. Using a folder redirection group policy is the easy and simple way to solve this problem.

Folder redirection will leverage the home drive and profile folders we created in a previous section. By redirecting most of the user’s profile to a file server share, we replace all the normal data in the profile with a pointer to the location of the data. This keeps the profile size small so that it can be loaded and unloaded quickly and easily recovered if it ever does become corrupt. The goal is to make a user profile as disposable as possible. If the only thing in a user’s profile is a pointer to all the user’s information, these profiles are almost as stable as a mandatory profile with the ability to customize itself to the individual user.


  

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