[Samba] samba user1 -> samba user2 migrating - how?

John H Terpstra jht at Samba.Org
Wed Apr 13 15:08:09 GMT 2005

On Wednesday 13 April 2005 06:58, Tomasz Chmielewski wrote:
> I have a situation like that:
> Samba as a domain controller with roaming profiles enabled; Windows 200
> SP4.
> Old user Joe with a roaming profile (doesn't work anymore).
> New user Bob which has to use Joe's roaming profile.
> Simply adding user "bob" to the system and renaming the old profile
> (home/samba/profiles/joe) to a new name (/home/samba/profiles/bob)
> doesn't work.
> Well of course the files get copied from Samba to the workstation when
> user "bob" logs on for the first time; but he can't really use the
> system then (Internet Explorer complaining about Active X etc. when
> using it for file browsing).
> Anyone could help?

Sure! That is what should happen. The profile NTUser.DAT file is specifically 
encoded to the users' SID. If you want to permit another user to share a 
profile, or want to transfer ownership of the profile the correct procedure 
must be followed.

It is possible to use the 'profiles' utility to change the SID to that of the 
new user.

For profile sharing it is necessary to use the appropriate methods Microsoft 
have documented to convert the profile into a group profile.

- John T.

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