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Roaming Profile help please [message #164450] Tue, 23 June 2009 15:51 Go to next message
Immortal_Creations  is currently offline Immortal_Creations  United States
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AD is on Server 2003 Standard
XP Pro for the client machine SP3
Roaming profiles have never been configured on the network and I would
like to only start with one to test out how they will perform over the

After logon to pc with test user account, I created a folder on
the desktop and logged off. All files were written to the server
including the folder i created. I logged back on to the test user
account and deleted the folder i created and logged back off. This
time, the folder i deleted was not removed (updated) from the server
files. I've read many threads about issues writting back the deleted
files, but if I log back onto the test user account, that folder i
deleted does not come back even though it's still on the server. I
don't want to really mess with the GPO if i don't have to to run these

A little more info:
If i log that user onto a completely different machine.
create a word doc on the desktop and logoff.
Everything gets saved to the server just fine.
Now if I log back onto the original machine, that file does not get
downloaded to the local profile after it loads completely. Vice-Versa
from machine to machine.

I'm not sure what I"m doing wrong. Can someone help?

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Re: Roaming Profile help please [message #164476 is a reply to message #164450] Wed, 24 June 2009 08:52 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Immortal_Creations  is currently offline Immortal_Creations  United States
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no one has any suggestions?

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Re: Roaming Profile help please [message #164516 is a reply to message #164476] Thu, 25 June 2009 08:32 Go to previous message
lanwench  is currently offline lanwench  United States
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Immortal_Creations <> wrote:
> no one has any suggestions?

Give people a chance :-)

I suggest you use a newsreader client instead of the Techarena forum /
mirror to access the Microsoft public newsgroups. It's a lot better.

Check your event logs, and re roaming profiles, here's my general
boilerplate. Read it over & see if anything looks relevant/different from
the way you set it up.

General tips:

1. Set up a share on the server. For example - d:\profiles, shared as
profiles$ to make it hidden from browsing. Make sure this share is *not* set
to allow offline files/caching! (that's on by default - disable it)

2. Make sure the share permissions on profiles$ indicate everyone=full
control. Set the NTFS security to administrators, system, and users=full

3. In the users' ADUC properties, specify \\server\profiles$\%username% in
the profiles field

4. Have each user log into the domain once - if this is an existing user
with a profile you wish to keep, have them log in at their usual
workstationand log out. The profile is now roaming.

5. If you want the administrators group to automatically have permissions to
the profiles folders, you'll need to make the appropriate change in group
policy. Look in computer configuration/administrative templates/system/user
profiles - there's an option to add administrators group to the roaming
profiles permissions. Do this *before* the users' roaming profile folders
are created - it isn't retroactive.


Make sure users understand that they should not log into multiple computers
at the same time when they have roaming profiles (unless you make the
profiles mandatory by renaming ntuser.dat to so they can't change
them, which has major disadvantages),. Explain that the 'last one out wins'
when it comes to uploading the final, changed copy of the profile. If you
want to restrict multiple simultaneous network logins, look at LimitLogon
(too much overhead for me), or this:

Keep your profiles TINY. Via group policy, you should be redirecting My
Documents (at the very least) - to a subfolder of the user's home directory
or user folder. Also consider redirecting Desktop & Application Data
similarly..... so the user will end up with:

\\server\users\%username%\My Documents,
\\server\users\%username%\Application Data.

[Alternatively, just manually re-target My Documents to
\\server\users\%username% (this is not optimal, however!)]

You should use folder redirection even without roaming profiles, but it's
especially critical if you *are* using them.

If you aren't going to also redirect the desktop using policies, tell users
that they are not to store any files on the desktop or you will beat them
with a
stick. Big profile=slow login/logout, and possible profile corruption.

Note that user profiles are not compatible between different OS versions,
even between W2k/XP. Keep all your computers. Keep your workstations as
identical as possible - meaning, OS version is the same, SP level is the
same, app load is (as much as possible) the same.

If you also have Terminal Services users, make sure you set up a different
TS profile path for them in their ADUC properties - e.g.,

Do not let people store any data locally - all data belongs on the server.

The User Profile Hive Cleanup Utility should be running on all your
computers. You can download it here: 86E6D-8912-4E18-B570-42470E2F3582&displaylang=en

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