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I have a sbs 2003 server that has started creating profiles for the domain users on the server.  We dont use roaming profiles . It is causing the whole system to come to a halt with all of the traffic going back and forth. Does anyone know how to stop this ?
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by:Hypercat (Deb)
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Where are the profiles being created, i.e., in what folder(s)?  Is this happening to all of your users? How many users do you have and are they logging on to their workstations and able to work normally? Any errors in the event logs on the server or workstations? Are any of the users logging on to the server using Remote Desktop or Remote Web Workplace?
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it is happening to all users. None of them log in to the server. It is happening when they log on to thier workstations. all of the profiles on the local worksations say they are local profiles.
The profiles are being created on the server in the documents and settings folder of the root directory on the server.
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On the server, if you go into the System settings (Start/Control Panel/System) and click on the Advanced tab, then click the Settings button under User Profiles, do you see these profiles there?
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by:Tiggercal
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yes one for every user that logs in to thier local machine
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Have you tried deleting them using the System settings/Advanced/User Profile Settings dialog box?  If not, try this for one of the users and see if the profile is recreated the next time they log on.  This is very strange, although I have found an article that refers to this problem. Unfortunately, I've never experienced or even heard of this particular problem myself.
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It is a total mystery. and yes i have tried that and the profile is imediately recreated.
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Immediately, meaning it doesn't require the user to log off and back on again to recreate the profile?  Very odd...It seems like there must be some process that is actually copying the users' profiles to the server.  Have you added any new or different programs to the server recently or installed any updates to existing programs?  Do they run any 3rd party apps that might need to impersonate the user on the server?
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I have not added any new services or programs.  I havent added anything new. I am totally stumped. what program would need to impersonate the user on the server?
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Well, I wasn't thinking of any specific program, but perhaps a database of some sort or a web-based app might use some sort of user impersonation for security purposes.  I was just digging for something that would cause a profile to be created where it shouldn't be under normal circumstances.

How about if you create a new user and then log on to a workstation as that user.  I would suggest creating the user as a standard (non-SBS) Active Directory user account in the Users container to exclude anything that might be directly SBS-related to see if that makes a difference.
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ill test that and get back to you
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I restored the server from a backup. It works fine now.
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The active directory was broken. Had to restore
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