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Terminal Services Client Roaming Profile Is Inconsistent or Overwritten
Symptom: When using the same roaming profile
for a Windows client and a Terminal Services client, the profile may be
inconsistent or overwritten. Configuration changes made on the local Windows
desktop can overwrite changes made in the Terminal Services client desktop
or vice-versa, depending on which desktop is closed last. This is also true
for multiple Terminal Services client sessions that use the same roaming
When the two separate
sessions run simultaneously and you make a change (for example, you create a
persistent drive mapping), the change is kept only if you make it in the
session that logs off last. If you make the change on the client that logs
off first, the profile is updated and the change lost when the second client
logs off. This does not occur for a disconnected session because it does not
write any of the profile back to the network location. The same rules apply
to multiple Terminal Services client sessions that use the same profile,
whether it is a roaming or local profile.
To prevent this
behavior from occurring, do not use roaming profiles for Terminal Services
clients. Microsoft recommends that Terminal Services clients use local
profiles because they are unique to an individual Terminal Services server
and installed programs. If you must use a roaming profile, specify one
profile for the Windows client and another for the Terminal Services client.
This decreases the chance for data loss; it occurs only if you log on at
multiple local desktops or multiple Terminal Services client sessions.