[Samba] Profile question

Marco Zimmermann lists at laser.ch
Sun Oct 26 20:40:09 GMT 2003

> I didn't know where else to call for help. Here it goes. I trying to 
> replace our Win2k PDC with a combination of Samba3-LDAP-PDC. 
> But I'm not 
> having much luck in retaining my user's local profiles, I 
> want this PDC 
> migration to be as simple and transparent as possible, but 
> the new samba 
> pdc doesn't seem to want to recognize the old profiles (same with the 
> clients,even with the same domain name they would not 
> recognize the PDC 
> as the old one). Can anyone help? What must I do to retain my user's 
> local profiles ??? (and I don't want to store the profiles on 
> the server 
> since some of them are huge profiles).

If you haven't a lot of profiles (or users), you can fix this problem by
manual edit the registry. I don't know if it really works, because I had
to do this after a Win NT4 to Win2k migration, but maybe it work in your
case too:

-Log on with the new SID

-Now you will find an additional folder in the "Documents and Settings"
folder containing the user- and domain name (an maybe other character)

-log out, and login in with the local administrator account

-open regedit and move to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows

-you will find several entry's named by SID's

-Find the entry from the new user which was created as you logged in
before (you recognize it by the ProfileImagePath-Value)

-Change this Value to the old profile path

-You may have to restart the computer now and it should work

Regards, Marco.

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