Roaming profile problems.

Posted on 2009-02-23
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
We have a Windows 2003 server x64 that holds all of our domain's user profiles.  This server is also a domain controller, DNS server, and DHCP server.   We have a lot of issues with profiles either not loading, or in the case of Vista users, their profile on the local computer gets overwritten with the older version of the server profile.  This causes duplicated files to reappear and documents to not get saved.

With XP users, they will sometimes get a profile could not load error and instead have a temporary blank profile loaded until they reboot.  Sometimes this takes a few tries before they will get their profile.

We've deleted the profiles off of the server and re-created profiles with the same problems occurring.  All users are owners of their own folders.

Checking the event log on that server doesn't indicate there are any issues.  We need to figure out what is causing this to happen.  This happens to both wired and wireless computers through a gigabit switch.  Does anyone have any ideas on what we can do to fix this?
Question by:DataDudes
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    Expert Comment

    Why do you have roaming profiles? If you don't have a good answer then get rid of them and use redirected folders, offline file access, etc to ensure that user data is availlable and backed up.
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    Author Comment

    so that users can roam to other computers :-)
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    Accepted Solution

    Set a GPO to wait up to 60 seconds for a connection before logging in and this seems to have fixed it

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