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NT Cached Roaming Profiles Trouble

By sales ·
Heres the situation, large school running mostly windows NT 4.0 with roaming profiles. approx 100 library machines, all with same image. The problem is that student profiles are staying cached on the local machine. Policy editor is set to delete cached, as well as the winlogon registry edit. We even tried the delpol.exe utility from the nt 4 resource kit, it succeeded in deleting the profiles out of the registry, but left the folders on the machine. This eventually causes the HD's to fill up. We are out of solutions, everything we've found searching hasn't worked, any other ideas? thanks.

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by Magetower In reply to NT Cached Roaming Profile ...

1. Are the profiles being written back to the server? If not look for the problem there.

2. Do the users log into the local workstation or the domain? (possible account conflicts)

Try this trblshoot method:

At workstation log off users and reboot system. Log on as local administrator and using Contol Panel/System delete any unwanted profiles. Then go and manually delete any residual unwanted profile folders. Log in as a typical user and watch for any dialog boxes (indications of problem). Once logged in check for user profile folder on system and make sure it matches the users loginID. Log off the system (again looking for spurrious errors) and log back in as local administrator. Check to see if user profile is gone and that it was updated on the server.

All of this will give you ideas on where to look for the problem.

Have you tried creating a fresh profile and testing it?

Make sure the policy settings are actually being set on the workstations (look at the registry entries directly instead of through the policy editor).

Let us know what you find out!

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by sales In reply to NT Cached Roaming Profile ...

1. The profiles are being updated back on the server.

2. Users are logging onto our domain, the only local account is the local admin.

We've tried deleting all the profiles completely as stated above, and logged in with a generic login used for visitors w/out logins at the library, the profiles continue to stay on the server, with no notice of any errors.

The policies show as being turned on, as well as the registry setting to delete roaming profiles.

The only thing even remotely close to this i've seen is q242547 'roaming profiles are not deleted from the local hard disk' on technet (or support.microsoft.com) but microsoft says this only applies to spanish nt 4 (and we do not use this) thanks for the help.

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by tjc In reply to NT Cached Roaming Profile ...

When the students are logging on do they get the prompt of "you have not logged here before would you like to keep these settings" or something to that affect? If so make sure they are answering yes. Answering No causes some problems with Roaming profiles. Also make sure they are logging out.

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by sales In reply to NT Cached Roaming Profile ...

Users are getting no prompts (at least not every time) yet it keeps everyone's profile. There are hundreds of students, one problem we used to have was corrupt profiles when students would get impatient waiting for logoff and would simply shut the machine off (this has since been fixed by a switch to 100MB and a server upgrade) however it still does this now regardless wether logoff is successful or not. We are attempting to call microsoft now as I've yet to see 'anything' on this anywhere on the net. thanks.

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by mangonmd In reply to NT Cached Roaming Profile ...

Do you use log-in scripts? If so, delete what you want that way. Maybe put a batch file in each users start up directory, this should be simple with roaming profiles.

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