Convert Mandatory Profile Back To Roaming Profile

Posted on 2010-01-13
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Last Modified: 2012-05-08
I have a group of computers in our computer lab that I want to change back to roaming profiles.
Can someone give me the exact steps to do this. Starting with copying the old profile in case there is a problem. I know I have to rename the .man file back to .dat. But what else is involved.
I have a very short time frame to do this in as school starts early. Thanks.
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farazhkhan earned 2000 total points
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1. Login as another users with admin rights - you cannot copy a profile while logged in as the user of that profile.
2. Copy the profile to directory to your server.
3. Share that profile directory.
5. Make sure that user has correct permissins to access his profile directory.
6. Define the profile path under user properties \\server_name\Profiles\user_name

This will help you for creating roaming profile: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324749

Faraz H. Khan

Faraz H. Khan

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Renaming the ntuser.man to ntuser.dat worked on the first machine. To get it to work on the 2nd pc I had to rename the old local copy of the profiles to profile_old. Then login as the user and it loaded the copy from the file server with the appropriate roaming properties. I wonder why it only worked on the first machine. (the one that I made the changes on.) When I tried to login on the second machine to see if the profile would load with the changes I made, the computer would try to login but just sit there applying the settings forever. Any ideas on why this happens? I have 15 computers to do and I have managed to get 5 of them working. But the only way I can get the 2nd and 3rd, etc working, is to rename the old profile. I will modify the others on Thursday before school opens. I am going to accept your ideas as the solution, I would just like your comment on this behavior. Thanks.
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At the PC where you are stukced at applying the settings forever, login to that PC with another account and make sure it is pointing to correct local DNS server.

Faraz H. Khan

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Thanks for the info.

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