I could write for hours on this, but I have been up over 24 hours and just can't do it any more.
I have a freshly minted SBS 2008 R2 Server, fully patched as much as it would patch before running any wizards like connect to the internet, etc.
I had 6 clients on an old SBS 2003 box that was dying. running since 2006. (All Win 7 x64)
I decided to go ahead and take all clients back to workgroup status, and then rejoin them to a new domain name rather than migrate as it just seemed really really good that all the users have FRESH clean new blank profiles on the new domain and I had backed up their libraries and pst files....yay or so I thought.
I'm now convinced that Vista sucks like Millennium sucked.
I spent 7 hours unable to get ANY machine to connect using the http://connect
option, the manually run a file option, and when I finally decided to try MANUALLY joining the domain it completely demolished one of my clients.....This client is why I'm writing.... When I tried to manually join the domain it said "welcome to XXX domain" and asked me to reboot. But when it rebooted it hung for a long time and then loaded "this is the default profile" ...."see admin guy".... OK no problem I've seen this before.
I go ahead and go to mS site to remove undesired profiles in registry and remove them via control panel...no change.
I manually remove the entire user profile folder from admin account and do it again per ms instructions... no luck.
it always loads this "default profile" which you can't even run regedit in.
After a long fight I tried something new, I ran system restore back to the night before and had a nice screen showing my old domain name.
I unjoined the domian, rebooted, changed my DNS to show the new domain ip, and did "http://connect
It ran the connection wizard fully, I told it clean profile option, it rebooted, then rebooted again like normal...but upon the screen showing I successfully connected to the domain, I got yet again the popup saying it was the default profile.
Get this.... the profile doesn't vanish either... I got my user's name on the start menu, and I can create files in this "temp default profile" and reboot to still see my past created files.
I just want a clean user profile, with a clean connection to my SBS 2008 R2 server where all other clients connected to just fine once I found the update rollup 3 kb patch.
Any ideas? I've tried more than I posted here to save someone face from falling off.
I desire to give points away for this...please....
p.s. never buying sbs 2008 again.