Removing roaming profiles
Posted on 2011-10-15
Moving to virtual server environment. At the same time, going from Windows 2003 server to Windows 2008 R2. We are eliminating roaming profiles as our network is relatively small and there is no real need for them. Workstations mix of XP and Windows 7.
During the migration, we had original DC in place (Windows 2003). A new virtual server (Win 2008R2) was created and DCPROMO run. Additional servers added for Exchange 2010 and SQL2008. The 2 DCs were both running. Now nearing the end of migration process and looking to retire physical 2003 servers. ALL server roles transferred to 2008 DC, also DNS, DHCP, global catalog.
Windows 2003 server has shared folders for profile and tsprofile as roaming profiles were used in that environment. In ADUC all reference to profile and tsprofile path removed from user account properties. DCPROMO run on 2003 server to demote as a DC. Completed with no errors. 2003 server was powered off to test network access. Windows 7 workstations gave the following:
C:\windows\system32\config\systemprofile\desktop refers to a location that is unavailable. It could be on the hard drive on this computer or on a network. Check to make sure that the disk is properly inserted or that you are connected to the network and then try again. If it still cannot be located, the information might have been moved to a different location.
Could not receive a desktop. When the 2003 server was powered back on. Windows 7 stations logged on without issue.
How do I get the Windows 7 stations to logon once the 2003 server is powered off?