[Samba] roaming user profiles do not transfer all settings

Leandro Tracchia ltracchia at gmail.com
Tue Jun 10 20:10:48 GMT 2008

the profile is set as roaming under the My Computer -> Advanced -> User
Profiles Settings. there are no local user accounts on either client except
the the local administrator.

this is what i've done so far:

i've created a temporary domain user account and logged on with that account
after joining the client machine to the domain with the  local administrator
account. i assigned a new wallpaper and placed some files on the desktop and
then logged off. i then joined another client machine with its local
administrator account and then logged on with the same temporary domain user
account i created above. at this point i expected to see the wallpaper and
files i had assigned and created on the first client machine. the files were
present, BUT the wallpaper was not kept.

i have a feeling that ntuser.dat is not being properly updated. ls -l
command on ntuser.dat shows the updated time when i log off the client, but
there are also other files like ntuser.ini,ntuser.dat.LOG,ntuser.pol that
are also updated. i want to look at the ntuser.dat.LOG but it is binary...
also i get a desktop.ini file in the startup folder everytime i logon.

i have a feeling this can be fixed easily, but this is my first time playing
and testing with roaming profiles and so far it has not been easy for me at

anyone have any more clues????

On Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 10:56 AM, Adam Williams <awilliam at mdah.state.ms.us>

>  it NTUSER.DAT is newer on those computers, or is set to be a local profile
> under the user settings, it will load it from the computer versus what is on
> the server.  delete the profiles on the computer (after backing them up to
> c:\temp) and then try again
> Leandro Tracchia wrote:
> i've also copied the profile through my computer properties. still i don't
> get the same profiles when logging in from different computers.
> On Mon, Jun 9, 2008 at 2:18 PM, Adam Williams <awilliam at mdah.state.ms.us>
> wrote:
>> sounds like you didn't copy the user's NTUSER.DAT.  how did you copy the
>> profile?  drag and drop from c:\documents and settings\username to
>> \\server\profiles\username or did you go to my computer properties,
>> advanced, users, and change their profile to roaming and copy their profile
>> with the copy button there to \\servers\profiles\username?
>> Leandro Tracchia wrote:
>>> this may sound like a basic question but i'm not entirely sure how
>>> roaming profiles work so i'm not sure if i have it working properly. i
>>> created a local user account on a client machine and then joined that
>>> machine to the domain. i then logged in as domain administrator and
>>> copied the user profile from the local machine to the server. if i
>>> login with this user account (now the domain account) from another
>>> machine, i can see the files that are supposed to be there but
>>> everything else like the wallpaper, shortcuts, and windows styles are
>>> not correct.... is roaming profiles supposed to work like this??? or
>>> are you supposed to have the EXACT user settings no matter what
>>> machine you log onto???

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