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Terminal Server 2003 Will not save User Profiles

Posted on 2009-05-10
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Hello all, Thi shas been driving me nuts all day and it will very likely be a quick fix. Anyway the issue:

We are using a Windows Server 2003 Standard as a Terminal Server. The Remote Desktops we will be using will be running an application from the get go, so the User doesn't see the desktop nor anything else.

The issue I am getting is I cannot get a User profile to save unless that user has Domain admin rights. As we also run a couple of other Terminal servers I have configured the problmatic one to be identical for a user to logon and retain the user profile.

Does anyone have any thoughts on this?
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by:Korbus
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Check the permissions on the c:\Documents & settings folder on the terminal server.  Confirm "domain users" have access.  ( I would think they need read/write access here to create thier profile folder.)
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by:TRCorp
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Hi Korbus thanks for that prompt reply,

 I've checked that, I've put that is but unfortunalty still no joy. I have a Terminal Server User group assigned in the Permissions already with Red/Write access, so technically I had already done that.

Still an issue I'm afraid.
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hmmm,
Just a guess:  There is a settings in Active Directory where you can specify a users terminal server profile folder, might want to check that (leave black to use default location).  Check the roaming profile setting while you're there.

Is the Terminal Server User group a domain group, or local group, not that it shoul really matter?  Only because it seems so likIey, I would double check your users are members of that group.
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by:TRCorp
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Hi The Group is a Security Group so I'm saying a Domain Group and all users are a members.

All Profile Foilder setting are blank but I will check the roaming profile settings...

Otherwise exactly the same setup for the other terminal Servers... but still not keeping the profiles. unless they are a Domain admin right.
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by:Korbus
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Very Odd.  Time for a sanity check:  grant EVERYONE full access (temp only!!) to the profile folders and try again.

Also, when the non-admin user is actually logged on, does thier profile folder exist at that time?
Can the user go into the documents & settings folder and create sub folders?

(repetative I know, but that's all I can think of at the moment).

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by:TRCorp
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Hi Again Korbus, Have done that, The User does have a Profile folder when logged onto the TS

but when logged off , it then disappears. Getting quite anxious now we go live with this TS in 2 weeks.
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by:TRCorp
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...Alos yes when the noon admin user logs onto the desktop of TS and opens My Computer and navigates to their Profile they can add a Folder in there. Log s off and the Profile disappears again.. so Def a temp user profile being granted.
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hmmm, perhaps a policy setting? like...
Computer Config>Admin Template>User Profiles>Delete Cached copies of roaming profiles

Also, do have any logoff scripts defined?
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Was none of the above in the end. I had to start from scratch on the Permissions for the users, once done, It seems I then had done something correct ( Even tho' the setup was Indentical to what is was) the users were then able to create user profiles.

Excellent.. thankfully  in time.

Anyway thanks all.
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