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Windows 7: Problems with Roaming Profiles with 2008 R2 Domain

23 Oct 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Problems with Roaming Profiles with 2008 R2 Domain

I have three computers that I regularly use at home, so I have configured one of them with Server 2008 R2 and I am running Win7 Ultimate on the Desktop and Laptop.

I have configured the server to act as an Active Directory Domain Control, and I am using Roaming profiles, but I have had serious problems getting anything to work. I have configured my profile such that:
Profile Path: \\Lust\Users\Carl
Home Folder: Connect O: To: \\Lust\Users\Carl

I have also created a GPO for Domain Admins (Carl is a member of the Group Domain Admins) and set up folder redirection such that:
Advanced - Specify locations for various user groups
Group SIN\Domain Admins
Path \\Lust\Users\%USERNAME%\Desktop ...etc

\\Lust\Users is a shared folder and I have configured sharing and security access to give full control to: SYSTEM, carl@sin.x, Sin\Domain Admins, Lust\Administrators

However I am having huge problems installing software etc. Trying to install Office on the laptop results in an error (Access Denied when trying to install fonts), and other programs get the error Failed to expand shell constant folder "userdocs".

Furthermore, I had previous configured the profile to have home folders located on a VHD F:\Users\Carl, however despite the fact that I have replaced this, I still get an error message: F:\Users\Carl refers to a location that is unavailable every time I open an explorer window on either the laptop or the server.

Any ideas on what I have configured wrong?

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23 Oct 2010   #2

windows 7 Ultimate x64

I personally have never setup roaming profiles with 2008r2 but you might want to use this forum thread as a checklist reference to help you set this up.

How to setup roaming profiles in server 2008?

Good luck and keep us posted on how it goes... I'm sure I at least will learn something from this. :)
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23 Oct 2010   #3
Capt.Jack Sparrow

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit


Most of the time while Office applications if User doc pointing to UNC path used to have problem. Its better to change the User shell location to Default path then install Office and revert it back. Check this article for manually changing the User Shell path You receive an "Error 1606" error message when you try to install or remove a Microsoft program

Hope this helps,
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24 Oct 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,

Found this procedure for setting up a roaming profile on Server 08, havn't set one up myself so can't say for sure what is working for this.
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