How to enable Roaming Profiles on Windows Server 2012 R2

Roaming Profiles allow users of an Active Directory Domain to access their desktop and documents from any PC of the domain.

It’s a powerful feature that can improve the productivity of the employees and make their lives easier.

The best thing about Roaming Profiles is how they are easy to set up.

Before configuring a Roaming Profile, we need to create a Share. Open the Server Manager and go to the Shares tab:

How to enable Roaming Profiles on Windows Server 2012 R2

Create a new Share:

How to enable Roaming Profiles on Windows Server 2012 R2

Click Next:

How to enable Roaming Profiles on Windows Server 2012 R2

Specify the path of the Roaming Profiles. Add a $ to the end of the path to make the shared folder invisible:

How to enable Roaming Profiles on Windows Server 2012 R2

Click Next:

How to enable Roaming Profiles on Windows Server 2012 R2

Enable access-based Enumeration (for better security):

How to enable Roaming Profiles on Windows Server 2012 R2

Now it’s time to customize the permissions. We need to allow the access to Domain Users (or another Group). Click Customize permissions:

How to enable Roaming Profiles on Windows Server 2012 R2

Click Add:

How to enable Roaming Profiles on Windows Server 2012 R2

Select the group (Domain Users in our example) and apply the permissions to This folder only. You need to enable List folders / read data and Create folders / append data:

How to enable Roaming Profiles on Windows Server 2012 R2

Confirm and the share will be created:

How to enable Roaming Profiles on Windows Server 2012 R2

How to enable Roaming Profiles on Windows Server 2012 R2

Now the final step. Open the Active Directory Users and Computers panel:

How to enable Roaming Profiles on Windows Server 2012 R2

Open the Properties of a user and go to the Profile tab. Specify the Profile Path: \\server_name\profile_folder_name\%username%

How to enable Roaming Profiles on Windows Server 2012 R2

Mission accomplished! Your first Roaming Profile is enabled and active. To create other Roaming Profiles use the copy functionalities or manually specify the Profile Path.

You can also create a policy to automate the process.

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