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Has anyone come across a situation in Windows 2000 where the Roaming Profile stops downloading on certain PCs but if the user moves to another machine it works perfectly!?

We've been using Windows 2000 Roaming Profiles for at least 2 years now with no problem then suddenly about 2 months ago we started encountering the problem hightlighted above!

The Domain Controllers ae Windows 2000 Advanced Server with SP2
The desktop machines are Windows 2000 Pro with SP3
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dyerseve earned 375 total points
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Does the profile just take a long time, or does it never complete login.
I've had issues with the user suddenly not having permission to their own profile, solution is to logon as user and take ownership of profile. Or administrator take ownership and assign correct permissions to user.
Sounds like a slow link problem maybe?
Is it only certain users on a specific computer? Is the problem apparent with all users login on to that computer? Could be a bad network card.
I would check the users profile size and check that you can transfer an equal amount of data to that computer from the server that has the profile.
Sometimes a profile can bloat due to software choosing the profile as a good place to store MP3s and other such garbage... but that doesn't explain how the other computer logs in fine.
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by:LeeHession
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Cheers Dyerseve,

The affected users have gone home tonight so its a little hard to test but I like your suggestion of changing permissions, will give that a go in the morning.

Could also be slow links, the network has expanded rapidly over the last few months so it is possible we're 'overloading' the actives.

I'll get back to you tommorrow with the results.

Lee
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by:dave4dl
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Sometimes a profile can be cached on one computer (and so it does not have to be downloaded) but is not cached on another computer (and has to be pulled down from the server).  This may cause large discrepancies in login times.
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by:Rob Stone
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Also check there are no GPO's assigned to specific computers (unlikely) to prevent roaming profiles to be cached.

Do these machines have other problems or just this?

Try adding the DNS server in the HOSTS file on one to test it.
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