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Windows 2003 Server Profile Copying

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I create a profile that I want to copy to the Default User profile on a Windows 2003 server being used as a Terminal Server/Citrix server. I get an error when I try to copy the profile I created to the Default User profile folder. The error states that the Default User profile can not be deleted. But if I re-boot the server and try to copy the profile it works only if I copy the profile immediately. If I wait, some service must be starting that disables this ability to copy the profile to the Default User folder and I get that error. Does anyone have any idea what could be going on? I never had this issue with Windows 2000.
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Question by:Jonklsn
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by:russell124
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Are you trying to delete and move the profiles from windows explorer?  

If so, try using the system applet to copy or delete the user profiles.  This can be accessed by Right-Clicking "My Computer", going to "Properties", and once the System Properties Window is open, select the "Advanced" tab, and in the "User Profiles" section there will be a "Settings" button.  Hit that button and you will be brought to the User Profiles applet.

This will allow you to copy and delete the profiles, and is better at managing the file permissions and settings that are involved with moving a profile.  

On a side note, my experience with this applet is that if you log in as a user, and then log off, part of their profile will still be in use (even though they are logged out), and you have to reboot to move the profile.  If the applet doesn't work, my guess is that some system service is being logged on with the default user profile, and that is what is preventing you from copying it.

Create your default profile with all the settings you want under a dummy user account.  Then try using the System App to copy that dummy profile to the location of your Default Profile.  
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by:Jonklsn
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I am using the applet and not copying the profile with Explorer. I agree, something must be using the actual DEFAULT USER PROFILE shortly after re-boot because if I wait to copy my customized profile to Default User, it fails, but an immediate copy after reboot it works fine.

But this happens even on a Win2k3 system that was just built with NO additional programs or services installed. I was just wandering if anyone else experienced this same behavior and if it was a "feature" or an issue.

Thanks.
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by:Jonklsn
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One piece of information I forgot...when I re-boot in Safe Mode I am able to copy the profile successfully. That is why I'm convinced it is some service that is running.

Thx.
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russell124 earned 2000 total points
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Try using this program to find out what is keeping the default profile open.

http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/
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by:Jonklsn
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Thanks. Unlocker worked perfectly for this situation. I found that the anti-virus program had a lock on the default user profile.

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