How to recreate user profiles for Terminal Server?

Posted on 2011-05-03
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Hello. I accidentally deleted the c:\users profile directory. I restored the directory from the backup but no user can log in from Remote Desktop. We're getting messages like 'The User Profile Service failed to log on. User profile cannot be loaded'. We tried the solutions from similar topics but nothing works. Any help would be appreciated.
Question by:rouleta
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    Accepted Solution

    Have you tried to log in with any user before restoring backup?
    And then restore profile into created user folder?

    Author Comment

    We had an open session as administrators when the deletion happened. So we restored the administrator folder from the backup and restarted the server to check. Any other user cannot logon. We created new users and they cannot log on either.

    Author Comment

    We resolved the issue by copying the 'default user' folder from the domain controller to the 'users' folder. It seems that the default user is necessary to create the structure of each new user.
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    Assisted Solution

    As far as the user profiles that got deleted, now that you have restored the default user profile, if you want to restore the items they previously had, then as als315 said, the easiest way is to have them log in to the server to re-create their profile, then copy anything needed from their old profile back into their new one.

    Author Closing Comment

    The answers given were correct. However we had to edit the registry in order to complete the restoration.

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