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Where does C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\local settings come from with Roaming profiles

Where does C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\local settings come from? This question seemed obvious to me until i started investigating. With new profiles (created from Default user) it is easy: Local settings come from the Default user profile. But where do local settings come from when logging in with a roaming profile (stored on a Windows 2008 domain), and how can i enter files and settings there?

The reason for this question is that we have a software package (Superoffice) that has all settings about additional tools in C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\local settings. When a user logs onto another workstation, he or she gets the roaming profile, but all information about these tools is lost. The tools have to be installed again by the user to get the required local settings, which is a pain.

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deroode
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deroodeAuthor Commented:
Senad,

Thank you for the prompt reply, however...

That article explains that the local settings branch in the locally cached copy of the profile will not roam (after all, it is local)  and will not be copied to the server copy of the roaming profile. However, when i logon to a new workstation with a domain account with a roaming profile, the Local settings  gets created anyway, and the question is: Where do these files and settings come from.
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Justin OwensITIL Problem ManagerCommented:
Are you asking for the location of the template used to create new roaming profiles on an AD 2008 domain?  If so, the answer is \\domain\NETLOGON\Default User.V2

The V2 is for 2008 profiles for Vista, Windows 7, and Server 2008 platform.  The server adds it to distinguish between it and older types of profiles.

Justin
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deroodeAuthor Commented:
Thanks, Justin, but that is not my question.

I know where a new profile comes from when no profile exists. My question is: Where do "C:\documents and Settings\<Username>\local settings" come from when logging in with a roaming profile on a computer that doesn't have a cached copy of the roaming profile...

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kaskhedikar_tusharCommented:
If your machine is in domain so, this is the feature of domain. Domain : A Windows Server domain is a logical group of computers running versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system that share a central directory database. This central database (known as Active Directory starting with Windows 2000[1], also referred to as NT Directory Services on Windows NT Server operating systems, or NTDS) contains the user accounts and security information for the resources in that domain. Each person who uses computers within a domain receives his or her own unique account, or user name. This account can then be assigned access to resources within the domain.

http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/5100-22_11-5672900.html
http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/5100-10878_11-5096940.html
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deroodeAuthor Commented:
kaskhedikar_t&

Thanks for the reply, however...

I know perfectly well what a domain is and what roaming profiles are. Have you actually read the question?

The only reference in the articles you mention to local settings is the phrase "However, the Local Settings folder also contains its own Application Data folder. "

That's what i already knew too. The question is: Where do these files come from...
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Justin OwensITIL Problem ManagerCommented:
OK... Roaming profiles stores data and settings, not applications.  Each computer into which your user logs will have to have the tools installed.  Are you talking about where Superoffice stores its specific user settings?  That is the SOUser.ini file, which should roam with the user if on Vista or Windows 7.  On previous versions, it is stored in the Windows or WinNT folder.  According to superoffice's web site, that file can be anywhere on the computer, as long as it is in the path.  I would think that the .ini file can be placed in the roaming profile as long as that is in the PATH of the computer being used.

Does that help?

Justin
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Justin OwensITIL Problem ManagerCommented:
BTW, source for the info above:

http://techdoc.superoffice.com/sixSOUser.ini.html
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deroodeAuthor Commented:
Thanks, Justin

Our Superoffice installation (which was done by some clueless consultants) also contains some tools. Information about which tools are installed and where is configured in local settings\Superoffice. Whenever a different user logs in on a computer he/she has not logged in on before, there is no info about the additional tools, hence they must be installed again by that user. Maybe i have to create some script to copy the local settings from a standard location whenever a user logs in to a workstation...
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deroodeAuthor Commented:
Ended up in creating a script to populate Local settings. Thanks for your input anyway...
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