[Samba] Odd random roaming profile issues

Donny Brooks dbrooks at mdah.state.ms.us
Tue Jul 27 09:11:21 MDT 2010

On 7/26/2010 10:02 PM, Paul Venzke wrote:
> 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.
> Donny;
> 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
> User>
> 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.
Thanks for that. It appears as though deleting the users registry entry 
has fixed at least one instance of this issue. I will continue testing.

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