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This article explains about designing a disaster recovery plan for Roaming Profiles.
Have you ever wondered creating a disaster recovery plan for Roaming profiles without clustering. This is really interesting when someone wants to switch over Roaming profile in a network where one of Domain Controller is failing and other Domain Controllers are alive to serve the client requests.
Let's say you have two 100 client computers in your network and two domain controllers named: DC1 and DC2. All users have been configured with roaming profiles setup on DC1 and DC2. These users frequently log on to DC1 and switch over to DC2 in case of failure.
For some reasons, you want to create a disaster recovery plan for Roaming users - you want these users to switch over to DC2 and retrieve their roaming profile from DC2 in case of DC1 failure. Setup seems not so easy! but this is how you do it actually:
You need a startup script and deploy this script using Group Policy throughout the network.
This disaster recovery plan for roaming profiles can be designed by creating a Windows startup script. LOGONSERVER environment variable is common between these two DCs. You just need to set this in your script so that when script starts it should read the authentication server name and set in user's property using LDIFDE tool.
You can see LOGONSERVER by typing SET command at command prompt. This tells by which DC this client was authenticated.
In the above scenario clients roaming profile are located at DC1.
Article ID: 555984 - Last Review: September 18, 2007 - Revision: 1.0
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