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I have a domain admin account that does not have anything in the profile field in the profile tab of its user prperties.  However, when i try to log into servers it keeps telling me the following:
"Windows cannot locate the server copy of your roaming profile..."
so i get logged in with a temporary profile.  Why does it think i have a roaming profile on this account when I don't
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notacomputergeek earned 1500 total points
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Was it ever associated with a roaming profile?

Log in as administrator. Right-click "My Computer" -> Properties -> Advanced tab -> User Profile Settings. Find the user in the list and look at its Type/Status.

You may just need to delete the profile and try again.

Also, make sure there is nothing in the profile field of the user properties - not even blank characters.
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by:jduawa
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well i logged in as a different domain admin and did what you suggested and that account does not show up in the list of profiles on the server
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by:notacomputergeek
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Well, that means that user account has never successfully logged in to that server. Did you dbl-check the profile field?

Have you used this account long? Can you create a new admin account and it works fine?

I'm assuming we are not talking about THE administrator account.
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by:jduawa
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we are not talking abou t the local administrator account.  This account has been in Active Directory for 5 years without an issue.  I just checked the profile field and it is blank....i wonder if i should put something in there so it can create the roaming prfile and then i can remove it
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by:notacomputergeek
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Do you get the same error message regardless of which computer you try to log in to - servers or even desktops?
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by:jduawa
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i dont get the error logging into windows XP, seems like it is just server 2003
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by:notacomputergeek
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Do you have a single server, one domain, no AD replication?
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by:notacomputergeek
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Have you looked in the event logs to see if there is any errors occurring at the time of login?
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by:jduawa
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i didnt see any errors just what it says in the window that pops up
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by:jduawa
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the other thing is it only seems to be happening on these 4 new servers i setup
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by:notacomputergeek
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Does this account has a Home folder defined? If so, temporarily change the account to not have one and try it.
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by:jduawa
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it does have a home folder....on 3 of the new servers I was able to go to the profiles on that server and change the type to local, this last one won't let me do that...I will try the home folder thing
Thanks
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removing the home folders does nothing, this is very odd
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by:notacomputergeek
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Is the time syncronized on this server with the DC?
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by:jduawa
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seems to be
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by:notacomputergeek
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So, on this server, when you look at the list of profiles, does this account show up? If so, can you delete it?
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by:jduawa
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so here is what the deal was...
this account had a roaming profile before.
we had an old server that profiles were stored on and i recently moved profiles to a new server and removed the share on the old one.  The registry on some of the servers was looking for the share on the old server.  As soon as i re-enabled that share the message went away.  
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I guess you get the points since you are the only one who replied
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Thanks for describing the resolution.
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