Some folders get excluded from Roaming profiles

Posted on 2009-04-23
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
Has anyone ever seen a scenario whereby you setup a standard Roaming Profiles, using Windows 2003 AD domain and for some unkown reason certain folders within the users roaming profile structure are autoatically excluded. Some of the folders that the system deletes and excludes include, Desktop, Local Settings, Application Data, etc. etc. The only folders left in the shared roaming profile location are Cookies, Favourites and Windows. Even if I recreate those folders manually or copy a complete profile from somewhere else, all foders except the above mentioned seem to get deleted automatically as the user logs off their sessions using Windows XP.

The only other thing I have setup for the users is folder redirection via GPO, to redirect their my documents. All clients are Windows XP, Win2k3 AD, server hosting roaming profiles is a member server with a simple hidden share.

Any ideas appreciated.
Question by:_Negal
    LVL 26

    Accepted Solution

    The main reason for this is your client is still using local profile. That said, your roaming set up does not work. You may want to read the following guide and follow it step by step. Also, in your GPO and local policy, make sure you have the rule to force using roaming profile instead of local profile. Make sure Only allow local user profiles policy setting is disable.


    Author Closing Comment

    Thanks LNKevin. You're posted articles helped track down the issue to hidden GPO which was applies to the OU where my user accounts were. This GPO was set to exclude Application Data;Desktop;My Documents;Nethood;printhood;recent;start menu;templates from roaming profiles. Therefore, disabling this GPO and removing it resolved the issue.

    Many thanks
    LVL 26

    Expert Comment

    You are very welcome. I am so glad it works on the right direction.



    Featured Post

    Don't lose your head updating email signatures!

    Do your end users still have the wrong email signature? Do email signature updates bore you or fill you with a sense of dread? You can make this a whole lot easier on yourself by trusting an Exclaimer email signature management solution. Over 50 million users should you!

    Join & Write a Comment

    This is an article about Leadership and accepting and adapting to new challenges. It focuses mostly on upgrading to Windows 10.
    NTFS file system has been developed by Microsoft that is widely used by Windows NT operating system and its advanced versions. It is the mostly used over FAT file system as it provides superior features like reliability, security, storage, efficienc…
    The viewer will learn how to successfully create a multiboot device using the SARDU utility on Windows 7. Start the SARDU utility: Change the image directory to wherever you store your ISOs, this will prevent you from having 2 copies of an ISO wit…
    With the advent of Windows 10, Microsoft is pushing a Get Windows 10 icon into the notification area (system tray) of qualifying computers. There are many reasons for wanting to remove this icon. This two-part Experts Exchange video Micro Tutorial s…

    729 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    18 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now