[Samba] Migrating Profiles: Revisited

Jason Williams jwilliams at courtesymortgage.com
Thu May 29 21:13:34 GMT 2003

That almost works. I ran into a few different things, but it almost works.

Basically, this is what I did;

1) Joined the computer to the domain with the correct account
2) logged into the domain with the user (this created the initial profile 
on the local machine)
3) logged back into the machine with the local administrator account (did 
not log into the domain)
4) verified the new profile was local, which it was
5) navigated to c:\documents and settings (all machines are Windows 2000)
6) in there, there were two profiles: testuser and testuser.PDCSERVER 
(.PDCSERVER was the newly created profile when the user first logs into the 
7) I copied all the contents of testuser folder into the testuser.PDCSERVER 

When I logged back in, it seemed like it was working, but ran into a few snags.

1) The background image did not copy over
2) It wanted me to re-establish my network connection

I'm not exactly sure why it did that, but it does.

Seems like a lot of work to make sure my users are using local profiles. 
You would think there would be a easier way to do this.
Is there another way to do this, or is this the only way?



At 03:39 PM 5/29/2003 -0500, you wrote:
>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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