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I have a Terminal Server Ghost-->  It will not go away.

Posted on 2010-09-20
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This is a 2003 Server running AD and terminal services.  This is so very strange.  I have 4 users in one OU who are all having the same problem.  The login is automated with the username and password on a thin client.  When they are logged in their user name appears when they click start -> log off.  For some reason while they are logged in the name changes!  It always changes to a user  TishaK. When this happens they keep group policy, desktop, email etc.  They lose all settings for printers.  They also loose rights to certain folders (will explain in a sec).   I tried reinstalling the user profiles by moving their folder out of documents and settings.  The folder is moved to a temp folder I created. I then take ownership of all the files in that temp folder.  I then log in as the user giving them a new profile. This only fixes the problem for a half day or maybe a day.  Since this action has failed to correct the ghost of Tisha I then removed TishaK from AD and then went into the registry and remove anything concerning that name.  Since I removed Tisha the users in that OU now have access problems as TishaK no longer exists.

It is like a ghost that just will not go away.  The only thing left to try is giving the users a complete new profile.  Anyone have an idea what is happening.  The server runs great other than this strange ghosting thing.
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"I tried reinstalling the user profiles by moving their folder out of documents and settings.  The folder is moved to a temp folder I created. I then take ownership of all the files in that temp folder.  I then log in as the user giving them a new profile."
This counts as giving them a complete new profile, unless you're copying the old one from the temp folder back over the new one?
I would say to copy any My Documents, Favorites and Desktop icons/shortcuts to a temp location, and then delete the existing profiles completely.
Have you tried logging in as these users from any other computers?
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Thanks for the reply.  Yes i removed the entire folder from Documents and settings. The only files copied out of the old include  the Outlook .pst file, desktop icons and the signature file.  Everything else is new.  Guess I will try that next.  This has gone on for so long I am about ready to create a new OU and users and try that.  

Thanks again for your input.  
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I ended up creating new OU and new profiles.
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