Create Roaming Profiles in Windows Active Directory

Roaming profile allows user to logon to any computer in their organization and have all their personal files and setting apply to that computer. It is a powerful feature and it is easy to setup. Let's get started!!

Step 1:

Create a folder on your local hard drive

Create a folder on your Windows hard drive

Step 2:

Right click the folder you created in step 1 and scroll down its menu. Click


Open properties

Step 3:

Open the sharing tab and click

Advanced Sharing

Open advanced sharing tab

Step 4:

Check the

Share this Folder

and click on


Click on Permissions button

Step 5:

Choose Everyone from Group or user names and click


. Click


Click on the Add button

Step 6:

Search authenticated users and select when found. Click


Search for authenticated users

Step 7:

Allow full control by checking the check boxes and click


. Click


Allow full control to the user

Step 8:

Copy the network path of this folder and click


Copy the network path

Step 9:

Open Server manager dashboard and click


. Scroll down the menu and click

Active Directory Users and Computers

Open tools in server manager

Step 10:

select all users you would like their roaming profile to be created. Right-click and scroll down the menu. Click


Select all users that you want to create a roaming profile for

Step 11:



tab and check the profile path text box. Provide the network path of folder you copied in step 8. It should be in format \\<MachineName>\<FolderName>\%username%. Click OK and you are done creating roaming profile for active directory users

Set the network path in the profile

You are done setting up roaming profile in active directory domain services. Congrats! Read our next tutorial on creating home folder for your active directory users.

How to Create Roaming Profile in Active Directory Domain Services in Windows Server 2012 R2

Karim Buzdar

About the Author: Karim Buzdar holds a degree in telecommunication engineering and holds several sysadmin certifications. As an IT engineer and technical author, he writes for various web sites. You can reach Karim on LinkedIn

One thought on “How to Create Roaming Profile in Active Directory Domain Services in Windows Server 2012 R2

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    June 30, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    Im very sorry ..but i did the same as u described..but it did not work ..not in a win7 nor in a win 10…the server was server 2012r2 promoted as a domain controller…and all the usual stuff..but still negative


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