Hoping someone can help out with this. I had a perfectly running Windows Server 2008 with 5 laptops, 8 Windows 7 Domain Users. Only problem was the the Server 2008 Enterprise was an upgrade from 2003, which left a lot of artifacts on the server. Since this was a home install, I figured good time to wipe the server and have a 'clean' 2008 *R2* install. I had several backups on an external 1TB drive so I was set. Also good opportunity to learn more about the new Windows Backup from a recovery standpoint.
Ran install from DVD, wiped drive, resetup the entire server.... GREAT! Only had a few accounts/groups, so reset them up manually, then restored all my GPOs, users/shared files and folders and profiles (\\SERVERNAME\PROFILES$
)... Again, so far GREAT.
Now to the clients - Several Windows 7 laptops... not so great - all had each of the users' roaming profiles loaded so thought I could just login and everything would be working, no? I mean I had the same server name, IP, file structure, etc., etc. NO! Had to rejoin all the PCs to the Domain - Ok, no biggy for 8 PCs.
So onto the current problem... On any laptop, any domain user, Windows 7 logs in (Preparing Desktop...), then immediately logs out - back to the user/password screen... any Laptop, any User - same deal. If I create a new user profile, i.e. blow away both the <<username>> and <<username.V2>> folders on the server and let the OS recreate, everything is fine. Well, I don't want to blow away 8 profiles, wiping out all user and application settings for PCs that ran just fine before the exercise.
Interesting, the laptops will start absolutely perfect in "Safe Mode with Networking". I get all the settings, GPOs applied, folders redirect and all is happy. Just can't log in "Normal" on any machine for any user. Also tried MSCONFIG - disabled *EVERYTHING* - still logon... immediate logoff! The only thing that gets a Domain user logged in is choosing any flavor of Safe Mode from the F8 menu. So I can get to the registry, just can't figure out what the heck is different.
I am and advanced tech, so this may take some feedback from [more] advanced techs to fix. I tried the USERINIT, and other stuff with no luck - again a newly created profile will work just fine, safe mode, safe with networking... work just fine... just cannot process a normal logon. Any help with where a possible log might be to get a clue would be good also.
P.S. did try disabling all GPOs (not many of those anyway, just the standard set you'd expect.