[Samba] Moving from SAMBA to 2003 domain with XP SP# client machines roaming profiles stopped working

Douglas Phillipson phillipd at oem.doe.gov
Wed Feb 9 12:47:18 MST 2011

We have been directed to move off a SAMBA domain to a server 2003R2 
domain.  We run roaming profiles with samba and would like to continue 
this on 2003R2.  After bringing all the XPSP3 desktops into the 2003R2 
domain, roaming profiles wont work.  I'm not even trying to use the 
SAMBA generated profiles.  The error I get when logging on is:

*Windows cannot locate the server copy of your roaming profile and is 
attempting to log you on with your local profile.  Changes to the 
profile will not be copied to the server when you logoff.

Errors in the event viewer are:

DETAIL - Configuration information could not be read from the domain 
controller, either because the machine is unavailable, or access has 
been denied.

This only happens on machines we switched from SAMBA.  Any other machine 
we add to the AD Domain that wasn't in the SAMBA domain handles roaming 
profiles just fine.  Has anyone ever seen this behavior?  I've checked 
the permissions on "Documents and Settings" and they are the same as on 
other machines that work so I don't think it's a permissions problem 
loading a profile into the Documents and Settings Dir.  I've tried 
flushing old local group policies with gpedit, loading the policy 
templates.  I just don't know where to go from here and what else to 
try, short of re-imaging the machines.  They come into the AD Domain 
just fine and authenticate users, but roaming profiles won't load.  This 
even occurs if the roaming profile account used is a "Domain Admin".

We are using SAMBA version 3.0.33...

Thank you very much in advance for your time...

Doug P (Sadly moving off Linux)


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