Roaming Profile, Offline Error?

By Tommy3kGT ·
I have a Server running Windows 2003 Server which is my Domain.
Ive trying to setup Roaming Profiles for my users. Ive setup Home Directors and User Profile shares already. And for the users who are going to be mobile and work offline Folder Redirection for their My Documents. Now my issue is when they logon offline and logoff they get an error
"Windows cannon Update your roaming profile. Possible causes of this error include network problem or insuffcient security rights. If this problem persits contact your administrator."

Why is it doing that?

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Using VPN or another form of Remote Access?

by smtech In reply to Roaming Profile, Offline ...

When you state they are working offline, what are you using to allow them to connect to the server?

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No VPN or form of Remote Access

by Tommy3kGT In reply to Using VPN or another form ...

Offline, meaning they take their laptops home and work from home, not using VPN or any Remote Access. They use their login name and password, and logon to the domain. Is the correct way to do it for Laptop users? or should they have a local profile on the laptop?

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Roaming profile not necessary

by Aakash Shah In reply to No VPN or form of Remote ...

I've accomplished setting up mobile users without using roaming profiles. This avoids all of the complications that roaming profiles raise when you are not connected to the network. Just set up a local profile with Offline Files enabled and you will be able to get around this problem entirely.

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Roaming Profile Error

by ROB_HUGHES In reply to Roaming Profile, Offline ...

I use roaming profiles, when users see that error here, it is usually down to lask of disk space. I have enforced disk quotas.

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Normal operation

by iansavell In reply to Roaming Profile, Offline ...

This is normal operation. At the start of a user session Windows tries to update the local profile from the server copy. If this fails it might keep quiet or might flag an error depending on the connection state. At the end of the user session Windows tries to update the server copy from the local copy. Being disconnected always causes an error message.

I've found Windows gets its local/remote synchronisation wrong sometimes. Files saved to the local copy of the profile or offline share while disconnected are quietly deleted when starting a session in the office. For this reason I encourage travelling users to use a local folder for saving documents when disconnected, or use a VPN connection to maintain synchronisation at the end of a remote session.

Roaming profiles are for users roaming between different workstations, not for moving a single user's workstation between different locations.

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User Profile Hive Cleanup Service

by walter.touceda In reply to Roaming Profile, Offline ...

Try installing this on every laptop:

The User Profile Hive Cleanup service helps to ensure user sessions are completely terminated when a user logs off. System processes and applications occasionally maintain connections to registry keys in the user profile after a user logs off. In those cases the user session is prevented from completely ending. This can result in problems when using Roaming User Profiles in a server environment or when using locked profiles as implemented through the Shared Computer Toolkit for Windows XP.

On Windows 2000 you can benefit from this service if the application event log shows event id 1000 where the message text indicates that the profile is not unloading and that the error is "Access is denied". On Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 either event ids 1517 and 1524 indicate the same profile unload problem.

To accomplish this the service monitors for logged off users that still have registry hives loaded. When that happens the service determines which application have handles opened to the hives and releases them. It logs the application name and what registry keys were left open. After this the system finishes unloading the profile.

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Disable the message?

by Tommy3kGT In reply to Roaming Profile, Offline ...

Is there a away to disalbe the message from popping up?

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Check security permissions

by Aakash Shah In reply to Roaming Profile, Offline ...

Does this problem only occur on the laptops, or does it also occur on the workstations? If it occurs on the workstations also, check the permissions on the share and the folder of the user profile.

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by luke In reply to Roaming Profile, Offline ...

check that the specific user has at least modify permissions for the folder and read permissions for the share.

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check owner also

by Aakash Shah In reply to permissions

check that the "owner" of the folder is either Administrators or the user.

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