[Samba] Migrating Profiles: Revisited

Dan Gapinski DanGapinski at qsi-r2.com
Thu May 29 20:39:49 GMT 2003

I was in the same boat as you , and found an easy way to do this. So long as
you have a PDC that resists roaming profiles, it should go like this:
    1) Join the computer and log on with the domain account.
    2) Log off the domain account and log on again as administrator (I think
I used the local admin, though it shouldn't matter).
    3) Go to where you manage the profiles in System Properties, and set the
new profile (marked by the domain name) to Local if it isn't already, and
then copy the previous workgroup/local profile to the place on your HD where
the new domain local profile is.

That's it. When you log on, it should be back, though I did have problems
with losing Outlook account passwords (I hate that program) and a bug in
Office 2K prevents you from opening graphics using Photo Editor, but there
is a M$ KB article on that, as it gives you a  specific error that you will
find an easy search result for (I'm just forgetting what it is).

My best,
Dan Gapinski

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jason Williams" <jwilliams at courtesymortgage.com>
To: <samba at lists.samba.org>
Sent: Thursday, May 29, 2003 2:53 PM
Subject: [Samba] Migrating Profiles: Revisited

> Hello everyone.
> Well, i've tried to figure this out on my own by asking questions and
> reading the how-to provided by John.
> I've followed the directions accordingly, but there are a few catches i've
> noticed that seem to be throwing me a curve or to.
> Let me recap. Basically, i've setup our samba PDC with LDAP. I originally
> was going to use roaming profiles, but decided against it this morning as
> felt it would not benefit us for what we are doing. So I decided to stick
> with local profiles.
> Now, as it is at this moment, each user logs into their workstation and
> uses their local profile. Our network is currenty setup in a peer-to-peer.
> But, soon, everyone will be joining the domain.
> It is at this point, that I want to make sure that once the computer has
> been joined to the domain and the user logs onto the domain, that user(s)
> will continue to use their original local profile.
> According to the How-To, I need to disable roaming profiles, which I have
> done in smb.conf.
> Also, I was told that I need to copy the users local profile as in the
> .pdf, chapter 22, 2.2.4.
> My question is, if im going to copy the profile to a certain location
> say c:\profiletest), that is no problem. The problem I am failing to
> understand is how to make sure, when the user logs on, they will be able
> use that profile.
> I dont need to copy the profile to the PDC since I am not using roaming
> profiles.
> I've tried copying the profile to a temp location on the local computer,
> but when I log in with my testuser, into the domain, it creates a new
> profile and does not use my original local profile.
> So i'm missing a step somewhere on how to get the original local profile
> back up and running when the user logs into the domain.
> I apologize if this seems redundant, but im very close to getting this
> solved and moving along to my next task.
> I appreciate everyones input.
> Cheers,
> Jason
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