Change of SID using "GHSTWALKER.EXE" results in loss of access to all previously saved profiles
Posted on 2006-06-23
This is a serious problem which needs solving as soon as possible. I really need help.
I have used "ghstwalker" many times to change SID numbers on my Win2000 PCs without any problems, by booting from a dos floppy.
Now we have 10 new Fujitsu Siemens laptops with XP pro, no floppy disk.
I have installed a Volume licence XP pro again, joined the domain, created both local and domain profiles, then taken the laptop out of the domain back to a Workgroup, taken an image and rolled it out to the other 9 laptops. I then change the names on the laptops. Everything works well. The 3 local profiles work well.
Then I change the SID number by using ULTIMATE BOOT CD 3.4 to run GHSTWALK.EXE over the network from a network share on my workstation. Remember I have no floppy disk station. GHSTWALK.exe runs exactly as it should.
But when I reboot and try to run one of the 3 local profiles: Administrator, Home, or Child, the following completely new profiles are created:
The original 3 local profile folders under Documents and Settings are still there but cannot be run:
Under the USER ACCOUNTS applet in the Control Panel, all 3 local accounts are present.
However under the USER PROFILE applet (right click My computer, Properties, Advanced, User Profiles) both the HOME and CHILD profiles have vanished and there are 2 identical administrator profiles.
Clearly this is a SID issue.
To make things even more confusing, 2 laptops rebooted successfully after the SID change and I had full access to my profiles, no duplicates were created, I rejoined the domain. They are now finished and ready for use.
WHY DO THE OTHERS NOT WORK?
IMPORTANT POINT: The first time I changed the SID on the 1st clone, I had exactly the same problem, so I rolled out the same image again to the laptop. It would not even boot up, so I sent the same image again a 3rd time, changed the SID and everything worked fine. This is one of my 2 working laptops.
I am using BARTS PE cd to create and roll out images using Ghost32.exe. The conventional Symantec Ghost boot CDs have never worked on these laptops, hence BARTS PE cd.