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Win2K Roaming Profile Woes and Group Policy

Posted on 2004-03-24
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Hello,

This is driving me potty! At work I have a single Win2k Adv Server running DNS, Active Directory and IIS 5.0. There are 50 Clients on the LAN, 600+ Users and a ADSL Router Running DHCP.

Recently, I had an unfortunate run in with a worm. It rendered the server inaccessible (even using Admin login). Well away I had to format the system partition and reinstall win 2k server again. But I left the roaming profiles and associated files on another partition (thank god!). I reinstalled the server + DNS + AD and made new group policy objects for my users. Now my problems lie with the roaming profiles.

When a User logs in on any of the clients, it is simply pot luck whether the profile works or not. I have added new directories and users (and they work fine) so the problem lies with the old profiles that were on the server. The old profiles do not follow the new group poilcies although I have made new security groups and associtated them with the GPO's. The new security groups were associated with the users.

Also everybody's inbox's in outlook express have been wiped! I don't know how that happened.

Help me please!
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You need to unjoin the workstations from the domain and rejoin them.  Create new profile folders and copy the data from the old to the new profile - do not overwrite any of the files in the root of the new profile.

As far as Outlook goes, if they had local stores then the store would still be in the old profile directory locally.  Simply copy it out into the new profile folder after it gets created.

Hope this helps.
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Thanks for the Help Netman66.

I can create a suitable VB script that would make the profile directories and copy the old My Documents files over to them. But is there a way to create the new NTUSER.dat (and other files) in the New profile directories without the user login in? Also Any idea on where outlook express stores it email messages?
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NTUSER.DAT gets generated on first login.  You could create a default profile for everyone I suppose.

OE stores email here:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;188854&Product=oex

This article says it better than I could.

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