Can't change to roaming profile

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by IS Works, Jan 21, 2006.

  1. IS Works

    IS Works Guest

    I am having an issue with implemnting roaming profiles.

    I have put the path in the users account, but when I go to the users
    computer and go to: "System properties>Advanced>user profile settings>user" I
    can't change them to roaming when clicking "change type".

    The roaming radio button is grayed out.

    Thanks for the help.
    IS Works, Jan 21, 2006
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  2. You have a domain, I presume....

    If the roaming profile settings are correct when the user logs in (and they
    have enough permissions to the profile path) the profile will become roaming
    upon default when the user logs out and back in.

    Here's my boilerplate on roaming profiles, with plenty of opinionated
    editorializing thrown in at no additional cost to you. :)

    1. Set up a share on the server. For example - d:\profiles, shared as
    profiles$ to make it hidden from browsing. Make sure this share is not set
    to allow offline files/caching!
    2. Make sure the share permissions on profiles$ indicate everyone=full
    control. Set the NTFS security to administrators, system, and users=full
    3. In the users' ADUC properties, specify \\server\profiles$\%username% in
    the profiles field
    4. Have each user log into the domain once from their usual workstation
    (where their existing profile lives) and log out. The profile is now
    5. If you want the administrators group to automatically have permissions to
    the profiles folders, you'll need to make the appropriate change in group
    policy. Look in computer configuration/administrative
    templates/system/logon - there's an option to add administrators group to
    the roaming profiles permissions (in W2003 anyway)


    * Make sure users understand that they should never log into multiple
    computers at the same time when they have roaming profiles (unless you make
    the profiles mandatory by renaming ntuser.dat to so they can't
    change them). Explain that the
    last one out
    wins, when it comes to uploading the final, changed copy of the profile.

    * Keep your profiles TINY. Redirect My Documents
    to a subfolder of each user's home directory on the server - either via
    group policy (folder redirection) or manually (less advisable). If you
    aren't going to also redirect the desktop using policies, tell people that
    they are not to store any files on the desktop or you will beat them with a
    stick. Big profile=slow login/logout, and possible profile corruption.

    * Note that user profiles are not compatible between different OS versions,
    even between W2k/XP. Keep all your computers. Keep your workstations as
    identical as possible - meaning, OS version is the same, SP level is the
    same, app load is (as much as possible) the same.

    * Do not let people store any data locally - all data belongs on the server.
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Jan 21, 2006
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  3. IS Works

    IS Works Guest


    Yes, SBS 2003

    Did already

    Changed to your permissions specifically

    mine is entered as "\\server\profiles$\%username%"
    Is listed as roaming now. Odd, as I followed the kb paper on roaming profiles.

    Did that.
    The path is "configuration/administrative

    My profile is 3.5MB
    I have always redirected My Docs to D:\my docs

    All XP Pro SP 2

    Most already stored on server that is important.

    One last issue.....

    My profile is not copying up to the server. Is this because I am wireless?
    I am still not able to select copy to even logged in as the domain admin.


    IS Works, Jan 21, 2006
  4. I don't know what KB article, but I've always followed the method I gave you
    and it's always worked.
    Why a local folder?
    Why not all?
    Event logs?
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Jan 22, 2006
  5. IS Works

    IS Works Guest


    Mostly because up untl nowI have not had a server that I felt ws relaible
    enough or had enough drive space. That is fixed now.

    Same answer as above.

    I got it figured out last night. You have to reboot the machine in order to
    copy the profile that you were using.

    So now that I have this working properly, I have copied the roaming profiles
    that I created on my old Domain to my new one and my new Domain profile is
    working perfectly. And, it worked on my laptop as well.

    Thanks a ton for the help!
    IS Works, Jan 22, 2006
  6. Cool. So, change my documents redirection to the server - I usually use the
    user's home directory.
    OK - well, maybe I'm confused. You don't need to copy the profile folders
    manually. Presuming all is set up properly on the server, they should
    automatically be copied to the server in the path specified, when you log
    into the workstation that had the profile associated w/the domain account.
    Regardless, glad it's working.

    You're most welcome.
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Jan 24, 2006
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