[Samba] Odd random roaming profile issues

Paul Venzke venzkep at srt.com
Mon Jul 26 21:02:19 MDT 2010

On Mon July 26 2010 16:05, Donny Brooks wrote:
> We are currently using samba and openLDAP to enable our users to
> have roaming profiles on our domain network. We have one primary
> domain controller and 7 "home servers" at the various locations
> that serve the profiles and such. The problem is that randomly
> various users are unable to load their profile and windows just
> gives them a temporary profile. This mostly happens on vista
> machines but is not limited to that as it has happened on XP also.
> What is odd is the user can login as themselves on another machine
> just fine and other users can "usually" log in on the first users
> pc just fine. We have tried the standard checking log files,
> remove/reinstall pc into domain/ldap, remove/reinstall user into
> domain/ldap, etc but nothing seems to work. What we usually end up
> doing is reinstalling the users OS and programs. I know there has
> to be a better way to do this. Is there anything I may be missing
> here? Any pointers are more than welcome.
> Donny B.

I have found that deleting the registry entry for the user will allow 
them to download the profile from the server.  Try  deleting the 
local profile and this entry in the registry:
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList\<SID of 

Should you look at this entry, you will see that the CentralProfile is 
set to a temporary profile.  You may just need to edit the 
Centralprofile and perhaps delete the local profile rather than 
deleting the entire key.

If you delete the entire SID entry, it will be recreated when the user 
logs-in the next time.

"We have met the enemy and he is us"; Pogo

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