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Why are roaming profiles not loading after adding new PC to network?

Posted on 2011-10-19
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Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I have never used Roaming Profiles before but was asked to load a profile for a user on his NEW computer.
-The network has a Windows SBS 2003 with Active Directory.
-In each User's properties it says to load Profile Path \\myserver\userprofile\username\profile (from a Shared directory on my server).

-The user's old workstation was Windows XP. The user's new workstation is Windows 7 Pro. (maybe thats why?)
-I added the workstation to a Domain and the user's domain account.
-After logging in, I did not see any batch script execute, and none of his Roaming Profile is present.

Why didn't the roaming profile transfer? Is there another step to add the roaming profile?
Question by:XAnalyzer
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It seems to be the permision issue.Check the ntfs permission on the profile created on the server,

Refer below link how to configure roaming profile detail info is given:

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Permissions are good and inheritance is too. Anything else?  

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@Sandeshdubey: what an awesome article! it also linked me to subtopics that were of interest and use to me. Based on the reading, there are differences between and XP roaming profile and 7 roaming profiles. I'll troubleshoot what exactly are those differences when I read the technical article links. In the meantime, if you can save me time and let me know what those are, I'd appreciate it.
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The article was great information but still not understanding why the Roaming Profile does not load on Windows 7. Previously, user was on Windows XP and roaming profile worked just fine. All the settings on the server level stayed intact including the script to load profiles...
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It seems that v2 profile is created on the server as user have moved from winxp to win7.

The v2 extension was added after vista came out

google  "Managing Roaming User Data Deployment Guide"   that white paper has a lot

more info on the v2 profiles.

More info here  


...so it is normal and has changed per Microsoft.

On server 2008, the .v2 profile is created because your roaming profile points to a

folder that already exists.

in 2003, you might have had c:\users\usernames  because that made sense.

but in 2008 (and vista and 7)  C:\users already exists, and is where "documents and

settings" was moved to.

so your roaming profile is trying to co-exist in the middle of a system-default

profile location.  here, the permissions are so screwed up, it creates a .v2

folder.  you'll see this if you try to browse around a users profile as a domain

admin, all kinds of "you don't have permission" junk.

your best bet is to move all your roaming profiles to something OTHER than

c:\users.... call it like, c:\profiles instead.

Sending you some of the KB articles:

Configuring Roaming User Profiles

Recommendations for Roaming User Profiles

Best Practices for User Profiles

Hope this helps.

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ID: 37111704
Makes total sense. THANK YOU!

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