[Samba] roaming user profiles do not transfer all settings

Dennis McLeod dmcleod at foranyauto.com
Tue Jun 10 20:28:06 GMT 2008

I don't KNOW the answer (as I don't use roaming profiles), but:
When you "Save" the profile, you right click on the "My computer" icon on
the desktop, selected "Properties", "Advanced", and click the "settings"
button in the "User Profiles" section.
Highlight the profile you WANT to copy, and press the "Copy To" button.
Use the Browse Button to point it where you want it to go, and make sure you
use the "CHANGE" button under "Permitted to use", and type in "EVERYONE"

Since the files are copying, and you can see them, I suspect a permissions
If you did this, then disregard....

> -----Original Message-----
> From: samba-bounces+dmcleod=foranyauto.com at lists.samba.org 
> [mailto:samba-bounces+dmcleod=foranyauto.com at lists.samba.org] 
> On Behalf Of Leandro Tracchia
> Sent: Tuesday, June 10, 2008 1:11 PM
> To: Adam Williams
> Cc: samba at lists.samba.org
> Subject: Re: [Samba] roaming user profiles do not transfer 
> all settings
> 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 all.
> anyone have any more clues????
> On Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 10:56 AM, Adam Williams 
> <awilliam at mdah.state.ms.us>
> wrote:
> >  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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