Local roaming profiles do not merge with server profiles after first logon
Posted on 2008-06-11
Using server 2003 and windows xp workstations and affecting all roaming profiles:
When logging in for the first time on a new workstation, the roaming profile downloads fine. When logging off, any changes made during that session are merged correctly with the server profile - for instance, deleting a favourite and adding a new one is reflected in the server profile after logoff.
But any subsequents logons to that workstation will only use the cached local profile and not merge any changes to the server profile. So if the user has added a printer or favourite while logged on to a different PC, this does not merge across when logging on to the original PC. Also, with the subsequent logons, any additional files and objects are uploaded to the server profile during logoff, but any deletions are not.
Users have full control on their profile folders. Users can also browse to their server profile and create/delete files there.
I want users to be able to delete printers and favourites on one PC and still have them removed when logging on to a different PC they have logged on before. Other folders are redirected (my documents, desktop).
Am I missing something here with the way roaming profiles work, or is there a problem with our roaming profiles?
Currently, we have to delete a cached profile before the user can log on and get the server profile (I checked that the server timestamps are more current than the local ones).
Any help much appreciated