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When I look at the C; drive on one of my users, it looks like this:

Folder:   jdoe.domain    (This has 15GB)
Folder:   jdoe                (This has 10GB)
Folder:   All Users
Folder    jdoe.PCName   This has 30MB

Then other user are listed...   But in this case......Why does jdoe have 3 folders?   I could see one for local machine.....and the one for network????

This is a Windows XP SP3 machine and the domain is on a 2008 Server
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8/22/2022 - Mon
Esteban Blanco

Sounds like there have been three accounts.  jdoe.domain is the one from Active Directory.

jdoe and jdoe.pcname look to be local profiles.
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But why?     2 local accounts?

My users always log in to a domain as domain\user.    So why would it create a local profile (or should I say 2)

Trying to learn some of this.................

Are they all needed?????    

If this was a brand new user.....I understand it creates the domain profile.....   but I need a bit more knowledge on this.  

Seems like alot of wasted space to have both???
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The only one that should be present is the domain account.  When you built his computer, you may have created it before joining to the domain.

If the user is only using his/her domain account, then the local accounts are safe to be deleted.
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Well, since I have been looking at them......The date modified on 2 of them are 9-4-13 and one of them is 8-27-13......

The creation dates are:

jdoe     10-9-08     The last modified date on NTUSER.dat is 8/30/13
jdoe.local     6/16/10    The last modified date on NTUSER.dat (not sure)  dont see one.... and I have "unhidden" the files
jdoe.domain     11/3/11   The last modified date on NTUSER.dat 9/4/13

I am logged onto his machine as a domain admin, not as jdoe.

Sure close in date????   Nervous to delete the jdoe

But if my users ONLY log in as jdoe to our domain.......I shouldnt be nervous.
Esteban Blanco

Back up jdoe just in case.  He is using his domain account.
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And another puzzlement, some of my users profiles only show as

jdoe   and don't have .domain after their login name like the one I have been talking about.

I am really getting confused....  

What information can I provide to see why some have the .domain and others don't
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How do you build these machines?
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These I didnt....I inherited the job...

When I do them now....I set up the machine as a local admin user ( not the user who will get the machine.)   Then I add it to the domain.    

So the user actually never logs in locally to the PC.

So I should only see jdoe.  

Unless for some reason they added the .domain so a new profile would be created and then didn't delete the old one?  
Is that a possiblilty?
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And another question......If jdoe logs into someone else's PC (domain act), then it will again create a profile on that machine on the local C drive?

Maybe working at another branch for the day?    can those also be deleted safely?
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All comments were very helpful and I appreciate it all.