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Windows 7: Windows 7 + Server 2003 Issues

21 Mar 2014   #1

Windows 7 Enterprise 64bit
Windows 7 + Server 2003 Issues

We have recently upgraded our workstations to Windows 7 Enterprise x64 and our server is still running 2003. There are a multitude of issues that we are having and are having quite a difficult time getting them fixed. Here is the list:
1. Extremely slow logging in. This doesn't mean a minute or two, this means ~1 hour for some users.
1a. Also extremely slow logging out.
2. When you go to start > documents, instead of opening "my documents", it opens the shared drive.
3. All users are sharing a common desktop/profile. To explain - we have roaming profiles turned on. Imagine 5 users using the same profile. If user 1 deletes a file from the desktop, it effects users 2-5's desktop as well.
3a. This profile was created on the shared drive in our "public" folder. We cannot find where all of our users seem to be pulling that specific set of folders to use as their profile.
4. Where the roaming profiles are normally created - there are <>.v2 folders for all of the users who've logged into a Windows 7 machine since they've been installed. The profiles are being created, but not being used - evident based on the fact that it is loading the "shared drive profile" as every user's profile.

Any assistance with these strange issues is GREATLY appreciated. Thank you!

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25 Mar 2014   #2
Microsoft MVP

Win7 & Win8 64bit

Welcome to Seven Forums,

Having roaming profiles configured can be really daunting, you'll experience sluggishness in your network.
You might have a peek of how Folder Redirection is setup. Setup a small lab and see if this works for you.

Another thing that's need to be configured correctly is the Server Roles, it's important that the DHCP and DNS'es are handled by your Windows Server 2003.

The Specs of your Server's hardware is also important, make sure that it's RAID configured with a good amount of RAM. Network hardware such as Gig switches/NICS also play a big role on the transfer rates.

Do you have a Network Attached Storage as a file server, rather than using your Windows Server as a file Server? Just another thought.

Hope this helps.
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