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Re-connect profile after recreating account

Posted on 2006-11-26
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A user has been a domain admin when he should not have been, and just removing the permissions is not enough.
I am trying to recreate a user account so here is the process that I have been following.

1: I removed the exchange attributes so I can keep the mailbox
2: I made a note of the profile location and group memberships from the active directory
3: I deleted the user account in active directory
4: I recreated the users account without creating a mailbox
5: I reconnected the mailbox to the user account
6: I placed the profile paths back into the account along with the user group memberships.
7: I tried to log in.

The error comes when I try to log into that computer.  "A profile could not be loaded and a local profile will be used, access is denied."

We use roaming profiles and I need to reconnect the profile to the user account for all of his setting and information

So my questions are how do I re-attach the profile?
Do I have to recreate the profile also?  
I know how but I would rather not have to re-create the profile.

Please help.
Thanks
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Question by:Raynovac
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You need to give the new user full control to the profile path as well as reset all the rights on the files on the profile directory.  The user needs to be owner of the files there to use them correctly.
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the theory behind this is that you have created a new user which has a new SID, you will need to give him permission again as shown above - just make sure you set the permission to propogate to all files
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by:Raynovac
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Just a note that everything i have done has been with a test user and not the actual users yet.

the user is the same username and password
Does this change the SID?

Also, i tried to assign permissions to that user for that profile and it won't take it.
When i tried to take the permissions as an administrator, it wouldn't let me assign it back to the user.

Eventually, it would stop trying to log in under the roaming profile and created a local profile.

I had to delete all profile folders for that user and re-create it.

What do i do since i can't assign the profile ownership or is there something im missing?

Thanks
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doesnt matter if the name is the same - you still have a new SID
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by:Raynovac
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I logged in as that user and added the domain admin with full control.

This allowed me to re-establish the owner of the profile along with the permissions.

Thanks for your help.
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cool :)
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