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Windows 7: Roaming Profiles and Win 7


12 Apr 2010   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Roaming Profiles and Win 7

Hi

I have recently updated our office computers to Windows 7 Professional. Before we used Windows XP Pro that made use of roaming profiles that was stored on a Win 2003 server.

Now with Windows 7 running it is creating new username.V2 folders in the roaming profile folder. Myself as administrator has no access to these newly created folders on the server, unless I take ownership of the folder. If I do this then the userprofile cannot be accessed by the user logging on at the workstation. A temporary profile is loaded and I get a message that all changes will be deleted when the user logs off. This still happens even if I give the user full permission to his folder.

The only way that I have found around this is to logon as the user, so that the .V2 folder is created. Log off and log on again as the user. I then go to the network share where the roamingprofiles is stored and give the administrator full access to the folder, will I am logged on as the user. Only then can I access the folder as the administrator on the server.

Is there another way to do this, or what am I doing wrong

Thanks
Alexander


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12 Apr 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by saintblade View Post
Hi

I have recently updated our office computers to Windows 7 Professional. Before we used Windows XP Pro that made use of roaming profiles that was stored on a Win 2003 server.

Now with Windows 7 running it is creating new username.V2 folders in the roaming profile folder. Myself as administrator has no access to these newly created folders on the server, unless I take ownership of the folder. If I do this then the userprofile cannot be accessed by the user logging on at the workstation. A temporary profile is loaded and I get a message that all changes will be deleted when the user logs off. This still happens even if I give the user full permission to his folder.

The only way that I have found around this is to logon as the user, so that the .V2 folder is created. Log off and log on again as the user. I then go to the network share where the roamingprofiles is stored and give the administrator full access to the folder, will I am logged on as the user. Only then can I access the folder as the administrator on the server.

Is there another way to do this, or what am I doing wrong

Thanks
Alexander
This Technet thread has some solutions to the problem near the bottom of the page. It's a common problem with roaming profiles apparently and there seems to be a few ways to work around the problem. Hope this helps.
Roaming Profiles and Folder Redirection with Windows 7
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13 Apr 2010   #3

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks Chev65

That's about the same problem that I am having. So far I have worked out a trick to the folders on my server.

I let the user logon to my domain, so that the Win 7 roaming profile can be created. I then go to the server and as Administrator take ownership of the folder. (If I don't, the server just says that I do not have access to this folder) I then give the Administrator and the user full access to this folder. Transfer ownership back to the user (Still not sure if this is necessary). I then delete all the folders in the users username.V2 folder. I then let the user login again from a workstation and the folders are then created with access for both the Administrator and the user. What I do then is to just copy all the users documents in mydocuments from their old roaming profile folder to the new roaming profile folder on the server side.

This is quite a shlep Still trying to find a faster easier way.

Thanks for the help.
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13 Apr 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

I don't really understand this and havn't tried to do this myself but the easiest way looks to be this.

What I needed to do was this:

2k & XP folder: \\server\profileshare\enduserfolder

Create a new folder called \\server\profileshare\enduserfolder.v2
Apply permissions, don't inhereit, delete "authenticated users", add your end loser up to "modify"...full if you really want to
Log on
Log off
Log on

Done, it creates the profile and uses that new .v2 folder without incident. Apparently Vista and Win 7 use that .v2 profile folder path. Good idea, you guys at M$ are slick ;-)
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14 Apr 2010   #5

Windows 7
 
 

OOOO!!!

That way seems so much easier. Just to check. It does mean that when I create the new username.V2 folder, I also need to change it in my Active Directory's useraccounts?

Thanks, I give it a try. It seems far easier that what I was trying.
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10 Jan 2012   #6

Win 8 dev preview, Win7 Ultimate 32bit, Pro 64 bit, XP Pro, OSX, Linux, whatever is needed...
 
 

just a thought, but have you tried the "grant admin full control" reg key addition, then right clicking the new user profiles to grant full control? would be a lot quicker if it worked... (and yes i know it's an old thread )
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16 Feb 2012   #7

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
My solution for a similar problem.

Hi there,
I had this problem as well.
I have predominantly an XP network talking to a Windows 2003 active directory server and many users have roaming profiles.
Purchased a new system with windows 7 and the user logged in and only a temporary profile was created.
What I did to solve this with helpful hints from this site and others.
I looked at the event log and saw permission denied on the application events for a profile logon event.
I made the user admin on the user system, and a domain admin. The user logged in and this time a new profile was created and I had the user log out. The profile was created on the server <user name>.v2. On the server this was directly below their old profile <user name>.
I then copied all the profile contents from the old to the new ( I did not overwrite small system files ntuser.ini, or a Thumbs.db. Not sure if this is important but it's what I did).
I added the user as an administrator to their folder and made sure the rights were propagated through the directory structure.
The user logged in again to their system and this time all their data showed up.
I then took the domainadmin rights away and the user was working fine.
This does not allow them to roam between XP based machines and Windows 7 machines. I did not explore how to get that working.
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