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  1. Timo Lappalainen
    September 29, 2010

    Dear Sir,

    In your blog you prefere to set App Data redirection for Win/ with Redirect to the following location
    \SERVER01UserProfiles%username%Application Data. If I use that setting on server, it changes it to “Create a folder for each user under the root path” and changes path to \SERVER01UserProfiles. I have tried to find solution for this problem without success. Or is there?

    The point was that I would keep App data for XP machines not redirected and so for W7 machines redirected to \SERVER01UserProfiles%username%ProfileApplication Data. User Profile has been set to \SERVER01UserProfiles%username%Profile, so for w7 it will be \SERVER01UserProfiles%username%Profile.V2.

  2. Mark Berry
    September 29, 2010

    So basically you just want different policies for XP vs. Win7, right? As explained in the post, you are going to have two policies anyway, filtered using WMI for XP or Win7. So I would think you could just disable AppData roaming on the XP profile?

    Not sure what you are doing with the extra “Profile” folder below %username%. In my environment, Application Data, like everything else, is directly under %username%:

    \SERVER01UserProfiles%username%Application Data

    or for Windows 7, it winds up here:


    Note that the .V2 is appended to %username% (at least the way I have it set up).

  3. Timo Lappalainen
    October 3, 2010

    Thanks for quick response.

    Actually we do not wan’t to have completely different policies. The App Data should be same in both profiles, since some applications in both XP and Win7 saves their settings to AppData. If they does not point to same directory then you know that user will loose all settings when she/he moves from Win7 machine to XP machine and opposite.

    With extra profile I got these two profiles working. Since \SERVER01UserProfiles did not had proper rights, Win7 just warned that temporary profile is in use. By using extra profile, I could give full rights for and owner for \SERVER01UserProfiles%username% level, which then gave possibility to create \SERVER01UserProfiles%username%Profile.V2. On \SERVER01UserProfiles level only Admin has rights and this caused error when Win7 tried to create \SERVER01UserProfiles%username%.V2

  4. Mark Berry
    October 3, 2010

    Well my approach was to use two group policies, one for WinXP and one for Win7, but both pointing to the the same folders.

    Permissions are very tricky with roaming profiles. I spent many hours on that last week after a server migration. You have to take ownership, assign correct permissions, then assign ownership back to the user.

  5. Mark Berry
    October 6, 2010

    I’ve blogged about resetting permissions:

    Reset Roaming Profile and Folder Redirection Permissions

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