Converting 500 roaming profiles from Windows 2000 to Terminal Server user profiles.
Posted on 2009-07-11
Help I'm stuck!
We've got about 500 users, all at one point had PC's, and had roaming profiles, and all different kind of software installed on their machines.
Their NTUSER.DAT files are huge, at least for Terminal Servers 2000 - weighing in at an average of 5MB's each, some a lot more.
What it means is we're only cramming around 8 to 10 users on each of our 4 Terminal Servers before we get "Cannot load your profile - out of registry space" when people try and log in.
The IT department's going to vanish under a pile of pitchforks and flaming torches before long - I can feel the dissident and hostile atmosphere when the poor IT department staff are roaming around.
I'm trying to find an automated way of grabbing a users old profile, squeezing out the rubbish, and putting a small 500KB version on the TS profile directory for them.
I've had no luck.
Also, I tried making myself a basic profile:
I set up My documents to point to my mapped U drive, turned on the task-bar clock, disabled personalised menus, connected Outlook to our server, added desktop icons, and other fiddling.
I then tried copying my basic TS profile to my managers TS Profile, to see if the settings would transfer across. When I tried logging in with his profile, there was no system tray, and Outlook wouldn't start! I have no idea what else, as I logged out fast!
What works is the really slow manual way, working through each users account by hand:
*Set their TS Profile to:
*Move their AD record to the "Users" group in AD. (unlocks their desktops)
*Log in as them via a Terminal Server
*Add the taskbar clock, turn off "personalised menus".
*Connect Outlook to the Outlook Server - and show the folder tree etc... (many people struggle to find it!)
*Connect "My Documents" to their mapped folder - U:\
*Enter the details for a few programs.
*Drag desktop files from \\hff2004\profiles\desktop\**USER** onto their desktop
*Move from AD "Users" to the right place in "AD to lock their account down.
It's a pain to do each one like this - It'll take the three of us 2 or 3 weeks to do this.
Has anyone get any ideas to help the process?
Ideally to get full points, is a solution that works, I'll give out points for *workable* suggestions too.