I read somewhere that Microsoft said it cannot be done and windows 8 profiles would have to be seperated from the Windows 7.v2 ones... However I have been testing this and it works really well and makes use of the V2 profiles absolutely fine.
I AM WRONG, NO IT DOESN'T... I HAVE NOTICED SOME REALLY ODD BEHAVIOR INCLUDING, MISSING REDIRECTED BACKGROUNDS AND MENUS NOT POPPING UP JUST TO NAME A COUPLE..
SO YES THE PROFILES MUST BE SEPARATE AFTER ALL*
TO FIX THIS I HAVE CREATED A COMPUTER GROUP POLICY FOR THE WINDOWS 8 COMPUTERS WHICH POINTS TO AN ALTERNATIVE ROAMING PROFILE. THIS FIXES ALL THE PROBLEMS WITH USERS WINDOWS 7 PROFILES BEING MUDDLED UP WITH WINDOWS 8 PROFILES.
EVEN THOUGH THEY HAVE THE SAME .V2 NAME, THEY ARE NOT THE SAME...
PS.. ALL EXISTING LOCAL PROFILES STORED ON THE WINDOWS 8 COMPUTERS MUST BE REMOVED BEFORE TRYING TO REDIRECT WINDOWS 8 PROFILES USING GROUP POLICY... IMPORTANT.....
THOUGHT I SHOULD EDIT MY POST WITH THIS NEWS
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some problems that I have noticed.
start menu redirection gets broken completely. I had to redesign my way of doing this:
1stly.. create 3 OU's (Well had done this anyway but)
one OU called Windows 7 Workstations
one OU called Windows 8 Workstations
one OU called Windows XP workstations
created a windows XP policy (loopback enabled,) linked it to WindowsXP Workstations OU
created a windows 7 policy (loopback enabled, enforced) linked it to Windows 7 Workstations OU
created a windows 8 policy (loopback enabled , enforced) linked it to Windows 8 Workstations OU
The reason loopback is enabled is because XP user specific Policies with folder redirection causes all sorts of problems when applying to Windows 7 and Windows 8 PC's...
I created a folder with the shortcuts in it and put it in a readable area.
then made a batch file on computer startup gpo for both the Windows 7 and Windows 8 policy
The batch file looks like this:
copy /y "\\mydomain.local\NETLOGON\Menus\Start-Menu-Shortcuts-Windows-7-8\*.*" "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\"
now roaming users can log into either Windows 7 or 8 PC's and get icons in the start / apps menu without a problem. And they actually work when you click on them!
and because it's on the computer startup script it doesn't really interfere with anything and takes a fraction of a second to run...
restricted users are able to install apps... This could potentially be a headache but I haven't investigated it enough yet..
That's it for now but I will post any other discoveries that I make...
Edited by dubsdj, 08 November 2012 - 04:57 PM.