Profile creation

Navneet Karnani navneet at
Thu May 30 23:40:02 GMT 2002

Should you be deleting the user profile completely from the server, including
the user credentials. The problem you encounter, looks like, windows is not able
to find the directory. So, if you want to simulate a new user, do it in style.
Create a new user the right way and do it. I think it should work.

- Navneet

> -----Original Message-----
> From: samba-technical-admin at
> [mailto:samba-technical-admin at]On Behalf Of Nathaniel
> N.Petersen (CNS Student Support)
> Sent: Friday, May 31, 2002 4:56 AM
> To: Samba Technical Mailing List; Samba General Information List
> Subject: Profile creation
> ERROR(S): Profile Creation
> I have recently been assigned to create a Samba PDC.  Earlier in the
> week, I thought I was successful.  I was able to log in, load (or create)
> the test user's .ntprofile, etc.  Went home that night, happy as could be.
> Came back the next day - and nothing was working correctly.  The systems
> could not find the domain.  The domain was not reporting any errors in the
> logs (including, and most importantly, log.nmbd and log.smbd).
> I reported this to my supervisor, and he asked what version of Samba I
> was using.  I told him version 2.2.3a.  Well, he says that I shouldn't
> use an "alpha" version of Samba.  So I nuke samba off the system (after
> making backups of smb.conf and other vital files).  So I download and
> compile from the source.  I included the needed "--with" options in
> Configure.  Came back after a cup of coffee to test the install.
> Here is were things get bad.  I set up my smb.conf file, recreate my
> smbpasswd, etc.  I start to add computers using the "blind" method.  All
> things seem good (was able to add all the computers I wanted).  I was
> able to log on using my test account, and my profile was loaded properly
> for WinNT4, Win2K, and WinXP.  (Note: this .ntprofile/ was saved back
> when things worked fine.)
> So as a final test, I back up my .ntprofile/ and then delete it to
> simulate the creation for a new user.  I go to log on with the WinNT4
> system, and get the error:
> "A domain controller for your domain could not be contacted. You have
> been logged on using cached account information.  Changes to your
> profile since you last logged on may not be availible."
> The funny thing is that it creates the profile and lets me use the
> system as if it worked fine.  I verified the newly created .ntprofile/
> and it is as it should be.  Then, after logging off, I tried logging in
> again, and the same error is given.  So I rm -r .ntprofile/ and restore
> from the backup.  Same error, but it loads the profile fine (there is a
> visible difference between the two, so I can visually verify that the
> .ntprofile/ is being loaded correctly.
> So I move on the Win2K system.  This one is even worse.  Here is the
> error that I receive when I try to log on:
> "Your roaming profile is not available.  You are logged on with the locally
> stored profile. Changes to the profile will not be propagated to the server.
> Contact your network administrator.
> DETAIL - The system cannot find the path specified."
> I THINK it tries to create the profile, but instead I get a folder
> called "?" (\242) or .  To make matters worse, it acts perfectly fine from
> the .ntprofile/ backup.  No error, nothing.  It simply can't make the profile.
> I have not been able to test with XP (made the mistake of starting this
> email from the only system that has XP loaded on it).  However, I am
> confident that it will behave in the same manner as Win2K (...minus the
> candy collored shell).
> I have attached my smb.conf file.  I did not attach my logs because they
> are at level 5 and are figgin' huge.  I will mail upon request.
> Nathaniel N. Petersen
> CNS Computing
> University of Northern Iowa
> --[smb.conf]--
> [global]
> 	workgroup = CNS_TESTING
> 	netbios name = TEST_SMB_SERVER
> 	client code page = 437
> 	log level = 5
> 	hosts allow =
> 	security = DOMAIN
> 	os level = 64
> 	preferred master = yes
> 	domain master = yes
> 	local master = no
> 	encrypt passwords = yes
> 	domain logons = yes
> 	logon path = \\student\%u\.ntprofile
> 	logon drive = Z:
> 	logon home = \\student\%u
> 	admin users = root cthulu
> [netlogon]
> 	path = /usr/local/samba/lib/netlogon
> 	writeable = no
> 	write list = ntadmin
> [homes]
> 	guest ok = no
> 	writable = yes

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