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Preserving NT User Profiles

By rickwest ·
67 NT Workstations logging into Novell. Just set up a NT PDC. Would like to start logging in users. When users' machine joins the domain, upon next login a new user profile is created. (The same user name and password are the same for the domainaccount and the local account) The previous profile is named "username", the new profile is named "username.000" I know I can manually copy over all the start menu settings and My Documents, but I am looking for a way to reuse the existing profile to keep existing application settings-specifically Microsoft Outlook. I have tried reassigning permissions of the local profile to a domain user, using the "User Profile" tab of the System Properties, but to no avail. Any help you can provide wouldbe great, saving me tons of time.

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by mpayton In reply to Preserving NT User Profil ...

Are you trying to make a single mandatory profile that multiple people will use?

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by carl_ramkarran In reply to Preserving NT User Profil ...

If im getting this correct, you currently have 67 preconfigured users with profiles. When you connect to the domain, another profile is created with the .000 extension. But you want to conserve those preexisting settings in the old profiles.

You might consider creating a share on the server, and going to each workstaion, logging in as an ADMIN, and copying the profile over to the Network Share. Then join the domain for each machine. When thats all done, go in to User Manager for Domains on the NT server and tell it to use the profile off the server share for that user. Now you have pretty much implemeted Roaming Profile. When the user logs in, he/she will automatically download the profile stored on the server to the workstation. To then eliminate Roaming profile and utilize the locally store profile, delete the User Profile Entry in UMforD.

That should work..in theory
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by fido In reply to Preserving NT User Profil ...

What you are asking, isn't easily done as a users profile goes much further than just the directory under the windows system directory.
To make a complete duplicate of all of the users systems settings and program preferences you will need to a) copy the directory structure from their old profile (f.e. User ABC's profile from c:\winnt\profiles\ABC to c:\winnt\profiles\ABC.000), b) Ensure that the NTUSER.DAT file in the root of the profile directories is the same, c) copy the registry hive for each user to the new profile.
The registry key can be duplicated by logging in as the local user, opening regedit and saving the HKEY_CURRENT_USER hive to file. Then log in as the domain user (into the new profile) and restore the hive to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER area of the registry.
All of this is a lot of stuffing around, and if your application stores its user specific settings in an area other than the profile directory and registry then you won't get it carrying on to the new profile. I would also advise that

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by D^Man In reply to Preserving NT User Profil ...

Use the user Manager for domains and point the profile directory for each user to the directory on his or her machine. Once the user has logged in using the profile, it is stored Localy on the server and the entry pointing to the profile directory on theWorkstation can be removed.

problem solved.

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by rindi1 In reply to Preserving NT User Profil ...

Hi, quite a lot of specific user information is not stored in their profiles, but in the registry. This is normally in the hkey_current_user. Here you can search for the specific data you want to keep in the new profile, then export that data to a file. Then logon as the new user and import this information for the new user in the same key. I hope this helps,
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