In general there is only a finite set of things that can break profiles:
Busy or unreliable file server (there can be many thousands of files in each profile)
Busy or unreliable network
Process holding the user.dat file open when logging out. AV, remote managment etc are usual suspects for this.
XP SP3 password change bug
Slow link detection enabled
Wait for network at boot *disabled*
It is possible to enable debug logging on machines to narrow down any errors when it goes wrong
Is that your Outlook PST settings etc?
If so I've got a script that our LA used to use for Outlook that would do all this for you - we don't use it here as most of our Outlook users use archiving and the script has trouble handling that.
If by re-direction you mean folder - this could be done via Group Policy, if it's anything else (but simple registry tweaks) I could always whip you up a quick Group Policy template to do this for you in Group Policy - so you have less to do when it goes wrong
We have Year 7 until Year 13 here - but still lots of roaming, except our kiddies share a single mandatory profile - if only our staff did
I'm going to look at pushing out UPH Clean (the tool that round2it posted a link to) as we used to have this on every XP box but since our numerous XP image updates, it may have fallen through the cracks and may well solve the problem or at least eliminate a possible avenue of enquiry.
As for the Symantec issue - it seems that there was an issue that regularly caused profile corruption with Symantec AV where it would perform virus-scanning at logon - we don't run Symantec here so it's a non-starter for us.
We have a similar issue and i've narrowed it down to wireless, pulling the profiles through on wireless can sometime corrupt them hence the need to remove and rebuild. I simply disabled roaming profiles on laptops through GPO and it hardly happens now! Very odd but seems to have worked!
BJG (9th March 2010)
My docs is setting the target folder location... Can that be done by GP? I think I'm really going to have to push for this training...
As for Symantec - nope, we're on AVG.
In regards to GP, yes you can redirect my documents via GP and I'd definately push for training.
To redirect my documents:
Open the desired GP object (as if you were going to edit it)
Go to User Configuration -> Windows Settings -> Folder Redirection
You should see 'My Documents' - if you right click this and go to Properties, it will allow you to configure it to your liking.
It's worth noting that 'Grant the User Exclusive access to my documents' and 'Move My Documents to the new location' are better off disabled as they can cause no end of hassles.
What kind of training are you thinking of?
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