126.96.36.199 Roaming User Profiles
An administrator can set up roaming user profiles to support users who work at different computers. This
profile is stored on a network server so that the profile is available to user regardless of where the user logs
on in the domain. When a user logs on, Windows Server 2003 copies the roaming user profile from the
network server to the client computer running Windows Server 2003 at which the user logs on and
consequently, the user always receives the appropriate desktop settings and connections.
When a user logs on, Windows Server 2003 applies the roaming user profile settings to that computer. The
first time that a user logs on at a computer, Windows Server 2003 copies all documents to the local
computer. Thereafter, when the user logs on to the computer, Windows Server 2003 compares the locally
stored user profile files and the roaming user profile files. It copies only the files that have changed since the
last time the user logged on at the computer. This shortens the logon process.
When a user logs off from the network, Windows Server 2003 copies changes that were made to the local
copy of the roaming user profile back to the server where it is stored.