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preparing for first use

By iamobi1 ·
I just took over administering for a small lab at work that has been up and running for about a year, however today everyone came out of the wood works and told me this problem and that problem that the labs been having for a year and I have spent all day putting out ?fires?. But theirs one thing that I just can?t seem to figure out, every application that launches starts with a preparing for first launch, which makes saving their changes impossible, for them to keep their work they have been emailing it to themselves. Now this is just unsat, does anyone have any ideas why this might happen?

It?s a windows environment with only one server with 2003 running and a bunch of workstations on their own little domain, and their doesn?t seem to be any odd group policy setting [which was my first thought, but I couldn?t find anything] or rules in place. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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by p.j.hutchison In reply to preparing for first use

Are the workstations using mandatory profiles?

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i dont think so

by iamobi1 In reply to First time

i'm not sure, every user is setup in active directory, and i believe they have a roaming profile.

how would i check to see if the workstations are using mandatory profiles?

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Profiles

by p.j.hutchison In reply to i dont think so

Mandator profiles are used when the ntuser.dat file in each user profile is named ntuser.man, so each user session starts with a known clean profile on logon.

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mandatory profile

by iamobi1 In reply to Profiles

i just checked it out, their not using mandatory profiles. any other idea why they might have this issue?

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found it

by iamobi1 In reply to preparing for first use

The last IT set all the accounts up as GUESTS!! well that solves the problem of why they couldn't make any changes.... now i feel stupid

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