Problem with raoming desktop and GPO

Microsoft Windows server 2003 r2 standar...
June 9, 2010 at 07:38:18
Specs: Windows Server 2003 R2
Hi all

First post here, new to networking and server 2003 but have been asked to take over a small network of 12 xp machines hooked up to a domain controller running Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard.

I'm basically trying to fix the roaming desktop configuration that was initially configured on the domain controller but dropped off when an inexperienced person started messing around with settings.

I'm basically - on the structure that currently exisits - trying to create a new Organisational Unit to which I have added a single user. I have then gone into the GPM snap-in and created a simple policy that will force a desktop wallpaper (to start with) via User Configuration (which I have checked is enabled).

I have then logged in to one of the network desktops (onto the correct domain) and I find that the policy is not working.

The only thing I was a little unsure of was the Security Filtering on the GPO which I have submitted as "Authenticated Users".

I'm pretty much working blind here as I am completely new to networking and it is incredibly difficult to find and 'idiots guides to ' for Windows Server 2003 on the .net :/

Anyways, I figured I'd mingle with the experts in the hope that any of you can offer up any kind of advice or point out any glaring errors :)

Many thanks in advance


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June 15, 2010 at 08:36:36
There are a lot of steps in this and I can't remember half of it, sadly. I think the best way would be to google the info you're looking for and take one step at a time.

All I can remember from the top of my head is that the files has to be available on the network with the correct sharing permissions and rights.

Haven't used roaming profiles in a very long time, maybe someone else in here has?

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June 24, 2010 at 18:16:07
To create a profile for a roaming user, follow these steps:

1. Log on as Administrator to a workstation.
2. Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Computer Management.
3. In the console tree, expand Local Users and Groups, and then click Users.
4. Right-click Users, and then click New User.
5. Type a name and password for the user.
6. Click to clear User must change password at next logon.
7. Click Create, and then click Close.
8. Quit the Computer Management snap-in.
9. Log off the computer.
10. Log on as the user that you created in step 7.

A user profile is automatically created on the local computer in the drive:\Documents and Settings\username folder (where drive is the drive on which Windows is installed).
11. Configure the desktop environment, including appearance, shortcuts, and Start menu options.
12. Log off, and then log on as Administrator.

To copy the profile to a network server, follow these steps:

1. Create a folder on the server in which you can store network profiles. For example:
2. Click Start, point to Control Panel, and then click System.
3. Click the Advanced tab, and then click Settings in the User Profiles section of the System Properties dialog box.
4. Under Profiles Stored On This Computer, click the profile for the user that you created in the "Create a Test Profile" section of this article, and then click Copy To.
5. In the Copy Profile To dialog box, type the network path to the folder.
6. Under Permitted to Use, click Change.
7. Type the name of the user account that you created above, and then click OK.
8. Click OK three times.
9. Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Computer Management.
10. In the console tree, expand Local Users and Groups, and then double-click Users.
11. Double-click the user account that you created above.
12. Click the Profile tab. In the Profile path box, type the path to the network profile folder. For example, type \\server_name\Profiles\user_name.
13. Click OK.
14. Quit the Computer Management snap-in.
To make this profile mandatory, rename the Ntuser.dat file as in the user's profile folder.

As far as the group policies,you can use RSOP.msc (type rsop.msc from run on the start menu) to help troubleshoot group policy settings. Run it on a workstation and it well tell what group policies are being applied and where they are coming from. Also Make sure that the policy has been assigned to the user or computer you want the settings for.

Mike Treloar
Sago Networks

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July 15, 2010 at 05:02:42
Roaming Desktop ....easy way
1-create a share folder on any drive of server2k3, and give full permission to every one.

2-make a folder with same name as user name in server2k3 inside that share folder which u created already on win s2k3 and give owner to respected user.

3-Go to AD user and computers and then users.
right click user name and properties then select profile
give the path in first tab.
like \\server-name\shared-folder\username \and put back slach at the end .

after this log on from any network pc with user name and correct domain name wil save all document and setting of that user inside the share folder which u made in win server2k3.

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