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Log looks for Roaming Profile even though profile is set to local.

Posted on 2004-08-23
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Every time we log in to our PCs, we get "Your roaming/local profile cannot be found".
However, all users are set for LOCAL profile.

Any way to fix this?
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Question by:glenn_1984
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by:jdeclue
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Did you change the permissions on the C: drive or in Documents and Settings?

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by:glenn_1984
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I did not.
What are you suggesting?
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by:jdeclue
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The error messager refers to either/or, usually this occurs when you have logged in successfully and a profile did get created. Then later you log in and for some reason it has either been deleted or you no longer have access to the profile folder.

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by:glenn_1984
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Okay.
Could you give me the specifics on how to repair/check this?

It is suddenly happening on ALL the computers in the office.
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by:jdeclue
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Shut them down, until you determine what it is, everyone should have full access to their profile and if it is virus related?! well, let me do some hunting.

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by:jdeclue
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can you post the actual error message with error numbers.

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by:jdeclue
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Ok... here are the first three most common problems for this error.

1. Permissions on the C:\, the group "Everyone" has been removed.
2. The machine is low on disk space and cannot load the profile.
3. Profile is corrupted.

Has there been any Group Policy changes, what kind of workstations NT, 2000, XP etc. And is this a Windows 2000 domain?

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I have to leave for the evening, but here is one last bit. Has anyone tried to install SMS into your environment?
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by:Rob Stone
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Nobody has set a Group Policy to prevent logging on locallay have they?
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by:glenn_1984
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Found some clarification.
1. Some PCs had this problem for quite a while.
2. All the PCs now have the problem since I updated from Symantec Corporate Anti Virus 8.1 to 9.0

The only share on the server or the local PCs is C$
No Group Policies have been changed or altered
There is plenty of disk space on all PCs, including the server.

The actual error message is:
"Windows did 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. Contact your network administrator."
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by:jdeclue
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Check the permissions on the profile folder. Go to Security and Advanced and check Ownership. I have seen this stuff occur mostly with Disk Quota software, which is required to take ownership of files.


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by:glenn_1984
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The Administrator is the owner.
Should I remove inheritable permissions?
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by:jdeclue
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Hmmm... administrators is correct. It should either be Administrators or the user, Try going to the root of the share and then set ownership to administrators and try to take ownership of all of the profiles as administrators.

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by:glenn_1984
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Reset ownership at \winnt level.
It reset sub folders.
Problem did not go away.

There is no sharing on \winnt\profiles or on \winnt
Changed ownership to administrators at  at c:\ and reset permissions.

Had user log off and log on.  Same problem.
Is a reboot required on server or work station?
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by:jdeclue
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Im stumped

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I wil haveto think a lot harder.

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Rob Stone earned 500 total points
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Can you just confirm that in AD User's & Computers the profile field box is empty.
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by:exx1976
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What operating system are we talking about here?  I'm going to assume 2000...

Check to verify that a romaing profile path has indeed NOT been set in ADUC.  Then, on each machine the OWNER of the directory should be the user.  On 2003, you can set this in the GUI.  to set a different user as the owner in 2000, you'll need to use SUBINACL.exe, like this:

subinacl /noverbose /file c:\documents and settings\%username% /SETOWNER=%username%

Obviously replacing %usrname% with the name of the user...

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by:glenn_1984
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The problem was the profile field in AD.
Old error of mine...I had put the path to the login script there years ago.

Strange, though, that it worked fine for such a long time.

Thanks.
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