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Forcing roaming profile to load on vista

Posted on 2009-05-11
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Hi,
I have most users set up with roaming profiles and they use Vista, majority are ok, but the odd users log in and their profiles do not load properly or at all.  I have checked settings on them and seem fine, is there a way once the user has logged in to force the profile to load ?
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by:mikipora2
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If you login without a network cable, it will load you the roaming profile ?
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by:Techno-Man-uk
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haven't tried that but i doubt it as the profiles are stored on the network
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by:mikipora2
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All of our users are roaming, they have this issue very frequently, the fix that we apply in those case are:
We advice: remove the network cable, log off - then you log in without the cable and it will load the profile correctly. Then you can put the cable. Windows save's a local copy of the roaming profile so if you don't have network it will still load the correct profile. Try this,I am sure it will work..at least it works for us,and we have thousands of  users.
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by:Techno-Man-uk
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ok will give it ago, also one thing you said about Windows saving a local copy of the profile why does it do this? I thought the main reason users had roaming profiles was so that it didn't save things locallly?
I have looked at some of the pc's in my company and it has a list of all the users who have logged on.  If I wanted to clean these pc's up and I deleted these profiles would this effect anything on the server?
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No it wont effect anything on the server. When you login to Windows for first time actually it downloads the user's profile from the server, and when it logs out it sync's the profile with the server for any changes made. So every time you log in with this profile it checks the server for any changes and downloads it locally to the machine. So, if you login without any network it will bring the most recent synchronization of the profile.

let me know if this worked for you, I am sure it will.

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