Change User Account Type

Discussion in 'Scripting' started by Pete Gomersall, Sep 22, 2009.

  1. Hi,
    Does anyone know how to programmatically (VBScript and PowerShell) change an
    account type from roaming to local?
    The equivalent of System Tool > Advanced > User Profiles > Account Name >
    Change Type.
    Pete Gomersall, Sep 22, 2009
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    Justin Rich Guest

    you probably want to compare what that does in user management, but im
    guessing it changes the profile location?
    if you go to computer management and the user account, its likely that it
    modifies stuff on the profile tab.

    if that is the case you can use ADSI to make those changes pretty easily..

    either way im sure you can do it with ADSI you just need to figure out what
    exactly is changing when you do that..

    you can get the user account in to an object like so

    $user = [ADSI]"WinNT://joe-pc/joe" (didnt test this, just yanked it
    off the net but should work fine)

    a quick google of 'powershell adsi' will get you a good about of info
    Justin Rich, Sep 25, 2009
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  3. All Found solution:
    In each user key in SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList
    there is SubKey - Preference.
    Set DWORD entry UserPreference to 0
    Pete Gomersall, Sep 29, 2009
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    Thomas Lee Guest

    Have you tried this?
    Thomas Lee, Oct 1, 2009
  5. Hi Thomas,
    This works.
    Some background: we have a lab of W7 x64 machines and we set roaming profile
    path in a GPO with system/User Profiles - Set roaming profile path for all
    users logging onto this computer. This causes the system to sync local
    profiles to the profile server, which we do not want.

    Created a vbscript to find Administrators sub-key in profile list, add the
    Preference sub-key if it didn't exist and set DWORD value to 0,
    When I then logged on as Administrator, I was not bugged by cannot sync your
    roaming profile and looking in the UI the profile was set to Local, not

    On a related point, however, I found out yesterday that the GPO setting I
    mention at the start of this message doesn't work as I think it should.
    We have a path set like this:
    \\servername\sharename\%USERNAME%.%USERDOMAIN%. However %USERDOMAIN%, is
    incorrctly applied. The domain of the computer account is always applied not
    the users domain. This is a problem for us as we have identical usernames in
    multiple domains.
    I have posted to the windows.group_policy forum, but have not heard back
    from anyone.
    I would be interesed if you know anything?
    Pete Gomersall
    IT Systems Manager, College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences
    Northern Arizona University
    MCSA Windows 2003, MCSE (Windows NT4, 2000 & 2003), MCDBA & MCT
    Pete Gomersall, Oct 2, 2009
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    Thomas Lee Guest

    Cool - I thought this was done in the AD, not the registry. Which is why
    I asked!

    Not really.
    Thomas Lee, Oct 3, 2009
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