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multiple profiles for each user [message #164301] Fri, 19 June 2009 13:58 Go to next message
Mike in Nebraska  is currently offline Mike in Nebraska  United States
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I've got a Windows Server 2003 R2 Std application server I had to do a
partial restore on. Wound up having to detach it from the domain, delete
the computer account in ADUC, then rejoin it. I now have 2 accounts for
each domain user on that server. I find many programs aren't showing up in
Start >Programs, yet are on the machine, plus the individual look-and-feel
each of us had is now with the "old" profile. Is there a way to merge them
so it's back to the way it used to be?

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Re: multiple profiles for each user [message #164302 is a reply to message #164301] Fri, 19 June 2009 14:20 Go to previous messageGo to next message
lanwench  is currently offline lanwench  United States
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Mike in Nebraska <Mike_in_Nebraska@newsgroup.nospam> wrote:
> I've got a Windows Server 2003 R2 Std application server I had to do a
> partial restore on. Wound up having to detach it from the domain,
> delete the computer account in ADUC, then rejoin it. I now have 2
> accounts for each domain user on that server. I find many programs
> aren't showing up in Start >Programs, yet are on the machine, plus
> the individual look-and-feel each of us had is now with the "old"
> profile. Is there a way to merge them so it's back to the way it
> used to be?

Probably not, because I don't know what 'partial restore' means. It's not
worth it. Trying to massage and fix user profiles will suck years off your
life. Just wipe out the old profiles in c:\documents and settings and start
clean.

Note that the judicious use of roaming profiles will make life a lot easier
for you when you need to do work like this in the future.

Also: if this is an application server, why are users logging into it
directly?
Re: multiple profiles for each user [message #164306 is a reply to message #164302] Fri, 19 June 2009 14:43 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Mike in Nebraska  is currently offline Mike in Nebraska  United States
Messages: 101
Registered: September 2009
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Thanks. I was afraid of that.

I meant that in a generic sense - I have a SharePoint Admin acct, Domain
Admin acct, and 5-6 SharePoint service accounts on that server.

Mike
"Lanwench [MVP - Exchange]"
<lanwench@heybuddy.donotsendme.unsolicitedmailatyahoo.com> wrote in message
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> Mike in Nebraska <Mike_in_Nebraska@newsgroup.nospam> wrote:
>> I've got a Windows Server 2003 R2 Std application server I had to do a
>> partial restore on. Wound up having to detach it from the domain,
>> delete the computer account in ADUC, then rejoin it. I now have 2
>> accounts for each domain user on that server. I find many programs
>> aren't showing up in Start >Programs, yet are on the machine, plus
>> the individual look-and-feel each of us had is now with the "old"
>> profile. Is there a way to merge them so it's back to the way it
>> used to be?
>
> Probably not, because I don't know what 'partial restore' means. It's not
> worth it. Trying to massage and fix user profiles will suck years off
> your life. Just wipe out the old profiles in c:\documents and settings
> and start clean.
>
> Note that the judicious use of roaming profiles will make life a lot
> easier for you when you need to do work like this in the future.
>
> Also: if this is an application server, why are users logging into it
> directly?
>
>
Re: multiple profiles for each user [message #164331 is a reply to message #164306] Fri, 19 June 2009 19:47 Go to previous messageGo to next message
lanwench  is currently offline lanwench  United States
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Mike in Nebraska <Mike_in_Nebraska@newsgroup.nospam> wrote:
> Thanks. I was afraid of that.
>
> I meant that in a generic sense - I have a SharePoint Admin acct,
> Domain Admin acct, and 5-6 SharePoint service accounts on that server.
>
> Mike

OK. Well, there shouldn't be anything in the admin or any service account
profiles that matters. Why so many Sharepoint accounts?


> "Lanwench [MVP - Exchange]"
> <lanwench@heybuddy.donotsendme.unsolicitedmailatyahoo.com> wrote in
> message news:Oei3prQ8JHA.5704@TK2MSFTNGP03.phx.gbl...
>> Mike in Nebraska <Mike_in_Nebraska@newsgroup.nospam> wrote:
>>> I've got a Windows Server 2003 R2 Std application server I had to
>>> do a partial restore on. Wound up having to detach it from the
>>> domain, delete the computer account in ADUC, then rejoin it. I now
>>> have 2 accounts for each domain user on that server. I find many
>>> programs aren't showing up in Start >Programs, yet are on the
>>> machine, plus the individual look-and-feel each of us had is now
>>> with the "old" profile. Is there a way to merge them so it's back
>>> to the way it used to be?
>>
>> Probably not, because I don't know what 'partial restore' means.
>> It's not worth it. Trying to massage and fix user profiles will
>> suck years off your life. Just wipe out the old profiles in
>> c:\documents and settings and start clean.
>>
>> Note that the judicious use of roaming profiles will make life a lot
>> easier for you when you need to do work like this in the future.
>>
>> Also: if this is an application server, why are users logging into it
>> directly?
RE: multiple profiles for each user [message #164373 is a reply to message #164301] Mon, 22 June 2009 03:17 Go to previous messageGo to next message
v-mervzh  is currently offline v-mervzh
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Hi,

Thank you for posting here.

According to your description, I understand that there are two profiles for
all users after partial restore. If I have misunderstood the problem,
please don't hesitate to let me know.

This seems normal if the accounts' SID is different after partial restore.
When a user logs on and system loads user's profile, it check the Registry
key "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList" to find
if there is an entry for this user based on SID. If no entry matches this
user's SID, a new profile will be created.

If necessary, you can try to copy original profile files to new profile
folder. For your reference, this article also apply to Windows Server 2003:

How to copy data from a corrupted user profile to a new profile in Windows
XP
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/811151

Regards,
Mervyn Zhang
Microsoft Online Community Support

==================================================
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Re: multiple profiles for each user [message #164386 is a reply to message #164331] Mon, 22 June 2009 09:34 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Mike in Nebraska  is currently offline Mike in Nebraska
Messages: 101
Registered: September 2009
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Just following the Technet article for accounts needed for SharePoint. One
for Excel Services, another for the Shared Services Provider, one for
Search, one for Search Content Provider, etc.

"Lanwench [MVP - Exchange]"
<lanwench@heybuddy.donotsendme.unsolicitedmailatyahoo.com> wrote in message
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> Mike in Nebraska <Mike_in_Nebraska@newsgroup.nospam> wrote:
>> Thanks. I was afraid of that.
>>
>> I meant that in a generic sense - I have a SharePoint Admin acct,
>> Domain Admin acct, and 5-6 SharePoint service accounts on that server.
>>
>> Mike
>
> OK. Well, there shouldn't be anything in the admin or any service account
> profiles that matters. Why so many Sharepoint accounts?
>
>
>> "Lanwench [MVP - Exchange]"
>> <lanwench@heybuddy.donotsendme.unsolicitedmailatyahoo.com> wrote in
>> message news:Oei3prQ8JHA.5704@TK2MSFTNGP03.phx.gbl...
>>> Mike in Nebraska <Mike_in_Nebraska@newsgroup.nospam> wrote:
>>>> I've got a Windows Server 2003 R2 Std application server I had to
>>>> do a partial restore on. Wound up having to detach it from the
>>>> domain, delete the computer account in ADUC, then rejoin it. I now
>>>> have 2 accounts for each domain user on that server. I find many
>>>> programs aren't showing up in Start >Programs, yet are on the
>>>> machine, plus the individual look-and-feel each of us had is now
>>>> with the "old" profile. Is there a way to merge them so it's back
>>>> to the way it used to be?
>>>
>>> Probably not, because I don't know what 'partial restore' means.
>>> It's not worth it. Trying to massage and fix user profiles will
>>> suck years off your life. Just wipe out the old profiles in
>>> c:\documents and settings and start clean.
>>>
>>> Note that the judicious use of roaming profiles will make life a lot
>>> easier for you when you need to do work like this in the future.
>>>
>>> Also: if this is an application server, why are users logging into it
>>> directly?
>
>
>
Re: multiple profiles for each user [message #164387 is a reply to message #164373] Mon, 22 June 2009 09:35 Go to previous message
Mike in Nebraska  is currently offline Mike in Nebraska
Messages: 101
Registered: September 2009
Senior Member
Thanks!

"Mervyn Zhang [MSFT]" <v-mervzh@online.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:aC8$Kmw8JHA.2552@TK2MSFTNGHUB02.phx.gbl...
> Hi,
>
> Thank you for posting here.
>
> According to your description, I understand that there are two profiles
> for
> all users after partial restore. If I have misunderstood the problem,
> please don't hesitate to let me know.
>
> This seems normal if the accounts' SID is different after partial restore.
> When a user logs on and system loads user's profile, it check the Registry
> key "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList" to
> find
> if there is an entry for this user based on SID. If no entry matches this
> user's SID, a new profile will be created.
>
> If necessary, you can try to copy original profile files to new profile
> folder. For your reference, this article also apply to Windows Server
> 2003:
>
> How to copy data from a corrupted user profile to a new profile in Windows
> XP
> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/811151
>
> Regards,
> Mervyn Zhang
> Microsoft Online Community Support
>
> ==================================================
> This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no
> rights.
>
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