Windows will not load roaming profile for user X

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Julian, Oct 5, 2005.

  1. Julian

    Julian Guest

    A user has reported that he is getting an error each time he is logging onto
    the network from a LAN connection on his workstation:

    Windows can not load 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. Windows did not load your profile because a server
    copy of the profile folder already exists that does not have the correct
    security. Either the current user or the Administrator's group must be the
    owner of the folder.....

    I've checked that the user is the owner of the profile folder on the server.
    What can I try to fix this problem? How is a roaming profile created anyway
    and where is it stored on the server if it is not simply the defined profile
    folder for each user?
    Julian, Oct 5, 2005
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  2. Julian,
    Check the profile path for the users account and make sure it points to the
    correct path usually something like this \\server\profiles\username
    Make sure that the account has full access to the share and profile folder
    and his profile and all files and folders contained in it.(you may have to
    reset all the permissions)
    Make sure that the profile path is unique for each account. I have seen
    situations where two johns in an organisation had the same profile path which
    caused a simular problem.
    Here is a couple of things to try.
    Logon as the user and browse to his roaming profile.
    You should be able to create files and folders there.

    logoff the user, Rename the roaming profile on the server.
    Logon and logoff the user this should create a new folder on the server for
    the users roaming profile.

    Roaming profiles are partial copies of the local profile which the
    workstation copies to the profile path you set Active directory users and
    Wendel Hamilton, Oct 5, 2005
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