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Vista does not update roaming profile folder on SBS 2003

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Hello all,

I'm having a problem getting Vista Ultimate to update roaming profile on SBS 2003.

I had a workstation running XP Pro and the roaming profile worked flawlessly.

I performed a fresh install of Vista Ultimate on this machine then connected it to the domain using http://server/connectcomputer.  Process went smoothly.

I created a new user account on the SBS with domain admin rights.  The plan was to login as the new user and make sure the roaming profile was working.  Then to copy files from the old XP user profile and phase out the old user account. (doing this instead of migrating the old XP profile to Vista profile directly).  I also made sure the new user profile pointed to \\server\profiles$\%username%

When I login with the new user account a profile folder is created on the server (username.v2).  When I log off the profile is not updated (the directory is completely empty).
I verified that the username.v2 profile folder has the correct ownership and security permissions.

I rebooted the workstation then logged in on the domain as administrator.  I went to system properties --> advanced tab --> settings button under User Profiles.  I then clicked on the username I created earlier (the type and status was roaming) and clicked on the copy to button.  I put the server path (\\server\profiles$\username.v2) and under permitted to use chose the new user I had created.  Clicked okay and the profile data copied to the server.  After this I verified that the user profile on the workstation and the server were the same size and the directory on the server now had profile contents.

I logged off as administrator and logged in as the user.  I created a file on the desktop and logged off but the profile folder on the server was not updated.  I logged back in as the user and browsed to the profile on the server.  I then created a new folder and document with no problems.  This leads me to believe that permissions are set up correctly because I can create and modify files under the server profile folder.

I checked the application and system log but do not see any errors pertaining to roaming profiles.  When I log off I also do not get any errors.

I've deleted the profile folder on the server and it is always re-created on login but never populated with anything on logoff (completely empty again).

As a last ditch attempt I created a test user on the server with a roaming profile.  I logged in as test and the profile folder is created on the server but still completely empty after logging off which is exactly the same behavior as the first user I had created.

This one has me stumped and any help is truly appreciated.  These roaming profile problems really get to me when everything appears to be working and I'm getting no errors.

Thanks in advance,

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