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We are using a domain. Some users have laptops that they use at home. The problem is that these users have two accounts - their own local account on the laptop, and a domain account.

Two accounts = two different profiles! This is not good. How can I make both accounts use the same profile? I want the profiles to be stored on their laptops, of course

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This is a simple solution for you.  I am assuming they have XP on their laptops, but if not, let me know and I'll make corrections.

First of all, since I've been helping you out before, keep in mind, these users should not have any profile stored in their accounts on the domain controller, since you want them stored locally.  Just delete what they have in their domain account.

Second, on their local PC, right-click My Computer and go to properties.  Click on advanced, then click Settings under User Profiles.  Find the account they are logging into the laptop with and highlight it.  Click change type.  Select local profile.  Click OK.

That should effectively contain their profiles to the local hard drive and allow the laptop users to have the same profile all the time, both at home, and at work.
To clarify...have them log into the network at least once after having set this.  When they log off, it'll save their profile to the local hard drive.  When they go home, have them log in with the SAME account as though they were attempting to log into the domain...they do not need to change from domain to local PC.  If the domain is not available, it should use cached settings to allow them to log in anyway, and it will load the locally stored profile.  Just lose the local account altogether.
Technically, you could also just continue to let them log in at HOME with their username and password to the domain without making changes.  When the computer attempts to load the network profile, and sees that the network is no longer available, it will load a locally stored copy of their profile.  So, really, you need do nothing except have them log in at home exactly as they do at work.

But if you want the profile to be stored on the laptop, just go through the process I mentioned above.

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That is indeed a simple solution! I'll try it out.

I took your earlier advice, so we're not using any central profiles.

One more thing. I want to copy the contents of the local account profiles to the cached domain account profile. on the local machine, so that I replicate their existing profiles.  Will it work if I just copy all the contents of the existing profile folder into the new profile folder?

Let me know if you want me to explain further.

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PS. Everybody in the company is using Windows 2000.
Easy enough then.  Right click My Computer, go to properties.  Click User Profiles tab.  Select the local profile you want to copy, click copy-to.  Browse to the folder containing the profile you want to replce and that should be it.
You can also use that tab, BTW, to change the working profile to a local profile.  

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I just tested trying to log in on the DOMAIN with the network cable pulled out, but it didn't work. I got an error message saying that the domain wasn't available, and I was then returned to the log in dialogue box. Couldn't get past it.
Ok.  Make a copy of the profile you want to a safe location.  Make sure it is a local profile.  Go under documents and settings and delete all the extra little folders that were created from the users logging in.  Don't delete administrator, all users, or defaultCopy the saved profile to DEFAULT folder.  Reboot the machine and try to log in.  It SHOULD say it could not find the domain, but Windows is loggin you in with the locally stored default profile.

If not, get back to me.  I've been on Windows Xp for a bit now.  Maybe I'm forgetting something.
By the way...when deleting those folders...make sure you're logged in as Administrator.
Jason...looks like someone tackled this in another forum, and he accepted answer was the same as the one I proposed.  Perhaps there is something wrong.

https://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/Q_20634805.html

Try this.  Did you just diconnect the network cable then try to log in?  That won't work, because your system still has an IP address.  Turn off the laptop, disconnect the cable, then boot back up and try again.  APIPA should assign you an address and everything should work as I stated.  The user should log in with the locally stored profile.

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I'm still looking at this - I'll get back to you all shortly...

In the meantime, thanks.

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1) I copied the orofile folder I want to the default folder.

2) I disconnected the computer from the network and restarted, and logged in as if I were logging on to the domain. This worked. However, Outlook would not work (I wanted to check offline if my mail was there)

3) Even if the above to suggestions worked, what happens when my default user profile is updated, and I reconnect to the network? My ordinary profile will be used, and will not contain the updated information from the default profile. This is a big problem with email. Similarly, the default profile will not be updated when I make changes to the normal profile. All such updates need to be done manually.

All I want is for laptops to connect to the domain, and read the same .pst files as they do when at home.



However, what happens when the user logs in onto the domain again? The domain local profile is used instead.

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Hi

Sorry folks none of this is working - it's just too complicated. I'm getting into a real mess with profiles and Outlook crashing and god knows what. I'll just have to use two profiles instead.

I intend to delete this question.
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