[Samba] Odd random roaming profile issues

John Drescher drescherjm at gmail.com
Tue Jul 27 13:47:26 MDT 2010

2010/7/27 Daniel Deptuła <daniel.deptula at gmail.com>:
> W dniu 2010-07-27 17:11, Donny Brooks pisze:
>> 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.
> Users who use roaming profiles must also properly log off from one machine
> (wait until all profile settings are saved) before logging in to another
> one. If they don't do that Windows gives a temporary profile.

I know this is not always true as I have roaming profiles and I am
currently logged into 3 machines with all with normal profiles.


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