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Certificates won't work in Linked Pool with persistent drives

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When we deploy a pool of linked-clones using Windows 7, the IE certificates will not install correctly. The situation seems to be related to the moving of the profiles to the D: persistent disk. If I build a pool without configuring the use of persistent disks, I can successfully add a certificate for a website.

 
We have built the Windows 7 gold image as a workgroup using an administrator user. The View Composer joins the pool to the domain.

 
I have searched extensiviely and can't find anyone indicating that they are experiencing this problem. Any help is greatly appreciated.

 
Our environment is esxi 4.1u1 and view composer 4.5.
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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http://paulslager.com/?p=717 you've looked through this article? and everything is okay? he did mention that each drive can only have 1 partition (view composer limitation)
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I reviewed Paul's document and we have followed his procedures. The second partition I was referring to is the persistant user disk that View Composer creates.

I believe the problem has to do with where windows 7 thinks the certificate store should be, because if I login as a local administrator (whose profile is on the c drive), the certificate will install.

Do you know how windows keeps track of where the certificates store is to be located?
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you might want to use a gpo to install the certificate http://unixwiz.net/techtips/deploy-webcert-gp.html
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It turns out that after you have composed the linked-pool clones with persistent drives, you have to specify where to import the certificate during the importation process.

So, if you have a certificate ready to import, right click, choose import. When prompted for where to import to, choose browse, then choose show physical location. Now, when you expand the Trusted Root Certificates, you will have an option for Registry.

Once imported to the registry, the certificate works.

Thank you for your suggestions
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Solved this problem through trial and error.
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