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System Hangs at "Applying Personal Settings" after domain migration

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I just migrated Active Directory, DNS, DHCP, from a Windows 2003 Server to a Windows 2008 Server.  All the client machines, no matter which account hangs at "Applying Personal settings".  They are Mostly XP Pro machines but I have also tried one Vista PC. (Event log shows erro 1053, 1054, 15 - One after another) have made changes to DHCP Scope to point to the new server for DNS, I have set DNS to point to itself on the server adapter settings.  I have tried removing the a PC from the domain and rejoining and also deleting the computer name from Active Directory.  I have tried a few other things as I have been testing but these are the main points.  Any help on this would be greatly appreciated.
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by:Glen Knight
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Are the computers getting the new DNS settings?

Try running the following from a command prompt:

IPCONFIG /RELEASE
IPCONFIG /RENEW
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by:ereichelrcs
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The PCs are all getting correct IP information and I can ping my server.
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by:sheikhfahad
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i got the same problem when i was testing migration from server 2K to 2K3, later i found that i was using wrong DNS Ip address and subnet mask.
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Did you change the locations of any users' redirected folders such as My Documents?  If so, and if the "Move the contents of <folder> to the new location" box is checked in the policy, Windows will attempt to move the files to the new location during  each user's next logon.  It doesn't give any indication of what it's doing, and will appear to hang on "Applying personal settings" in the way you describe.

If this is the case, it would be best to manually move the folders' contents to the new location.  Leave the old folders themselves in place and make sure that users have Full Control of both their old folder and new folder.
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What would be the steps to move the location from the old server to the new server?  I have found a few articles but they aren't very clear on how to do it for my situation.  I assume it is a change within group policy on the 2008 server but I'm not sure which object it is.  What change, if any, would need to be made to the old server?  Thank you.
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Folder Redirection is under the group policy node User Configuration\Windows Settings.  If you didn't change any of the locations as part of your migration then this probably isn't the cause of your problem.

If you did, however, then I'd recommend moving all users' documents to the new location using Robocopy with the /COPYALL switch.  This will preserve ownership and permissions.  Ensure that the old location is still accessible and that users have Full Control of their folders in both locations.  Windows can have trouble changing the location if the old one isn't there.
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I did not change any locations.  Any other thoughts?
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by:Darius Ghassem
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Run dcdiag then post results.
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I found my issue.  I needed to check the box to Listen for DNS requests for my local IP address within DNS by right clicking on my server name, going to properties, then interfaces, and checking the box.
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