[Samba] Windows 7 often creates new user profiles

Cain, Marc Marc.Cain at seattlecolleges.edu
Thu May 17 12:38:05 MDT 2012

On May 14, 2012, at 5:54 AM, Donny Brooks wrote:

> On Saturday, May 12, 2012 04:48 PM CDT, Christian Meier <ch2009 at arcor.de> wrote: 

> We too have seen this behavior but only on one of our pc's. It is not the server side that gets the rename as someone else mentioned  but rather on the PC side. If you look in C:\Users\ you will see:
> username
> username.DOMAIN
> username.DOMAIN.000
> username.DOMAIN.001
> username.DOMAIN.002
> etc
> The profile seems to be pulling/writing to the server just fine. We have tried removing all the entries in the registry for all users on the machine except the local administrator one, removing/rejoining the pc to the domain, and double checking permissions all to no avail. It will do "right" for a few weeks and then it will start doing the multiple profiles again. To this date we have not found a way to fix the issue. 

These local profiles are the result of the previous profile not fully unloading at logout.  It is a Windows problem, not a Samba problem.

There are many causes for this behavior.  In Windows 7 the typical reason is a service or process has locked a resource in the profile and is not releasing it at logoff.  Try looking in the profile to see what files/folders may be being left on the drive.  You can also try logging in as local administrator, disabling all services and startup processes that are non-standard and then enabling them one at a time to see if you can isolate the problem.  

We had this issue and turned out to be the Altiris DAgent.

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