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    XP Roaming Profile Clients

    Hi all, don't you love roaming profiles?

    Right well we have a 2008 R2 system using Roaming profiles. Each student is setup to \\servername\logons$\%username% and the same is for the GPO setting in Computers\User Profiles to point to the same path. Some google sites have suggested that it should be \\servername\logons$\%username%\ (with that extra back slash at the end). I am correct in asuming that Roaming profiles take their settings from GPO and no - pre build profile is required? like the mandatory.

    This seems to work well BUT XP clients are having issues, where there is no desktop/start menu/ no GPO settings are copied down.

    You can imagine I am pulling my hair out, I have gone through all the settings and cleared out the XP profiles just incase they are causing the problem.

    Does anyone have any ideas? we switched from mandatory to roaming because we had the opposite problem where XP clients worked fine but Windows 7 was randomly not working and students were required to log off and back on possibly up to 3-4 times before it worked.

    Any help would be great

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    When it goes very slow for XP clients that is when it struggles to properly login. Have done even more testing and one minute it works fine, next problems occur. The slow ones seem to sit there for about 5+ minutes where the ones that work are pretty instant.
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    It sounds like the group policies are timing out on the slow ones ... It might be worth looking to find out why they are slow!
    Curing that problem might sort out the GPO problem by itself ....

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    Tried that, I thought it could be that but no speed issues at all. In fact some users work fine others do not (again a little random).

    Did find some errors popping up on the machine event log though. All about the GPO settings....

    Windows has detected that Offline Caching is enabled on the Roaming Profile share - to avoid potential profile corruption, Offline Caching must be disabled on shares where roaming user profiles are stored. (this is already disabled)
    Unable to apply folder redirection policy, initialization failed.
    The Group Policy client-side extension Folder Redirection failed to execute. Please look for any errors reported earlier by that extension.
    The client-side extension caught the unhandled exception '0xC0000005' inside: 'threadEntry : client main' See trace file for more details.
    The Group Policy client-side extension Group Policy Internet Settings failed to execute. Please look for any errors reported earlier by that extension.
    The client-side extension caught the unhandled exception '0xC0000005' inside: 'threadEntry : client main' See trace file for more details.
    The Group Policy client-side extension Group Policy Power Options failed to execute. Please look for any errors reported earlier by that extension.
    The COM+ Event System failed to fire the PostShell method on subscription {71F45B4D-A41E-4087-B110-F44E67AE6416}-{00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000}-{00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000}. The subscriber returned HRESULT 80004001.

    Strange thing is this was all working at some point after about 30 minutes of testing it started to do this... I will do more googling..

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    try changing the "wait for network setting" via the gpo. SOmetimes the client actually runs faster then the policies are able to

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    Well did some GPResult testing and some how (I do not know how) it has kept the old server settings which has now been pulled out.
    All the GPO settings I can see are point to the new (correct) server but according to this GPResult my test account is indeed pointing to the old server?!
    That does not make sense to me...

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    Have you moved from a mandatory profile to a roaming one?

    Check the profile on the local machine for a user having a problem, delete that local copy of the profile and then do a logon/logoff/logon cycle as that user.

    See if that solves it if so you need to delete old cached copies of profiles on your workstations with xp you can use delprof but delprof2 also supports 7.

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    The gpresult was run from a machine never logged on as the student (my one in fact) because I am still on XP.
    All i did was:
    gpresult /user student /z >policy.txt

    which gave me the info of wrong server

    I have been trying the clear profiles which seems to do more random things, where it works then doesnt work but I will try some more.

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    Just checked the more info.

    It is checking my PC and in the correct OU, it also tells me it gets the correct GP from the correct server.
    Now for more bad info: telling me Domain type "Windows 2000" - this is not correct it is 2008 R2.

    I will keep looking to see what I can find but something very strange.

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    Is this a domain that was built on Server 2008 R2 fresh or has it been upgraded and built on over time. How many Domain controllers do you have

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    It is a domain we have upgraded, not what I wanted to do but got told otherwise. This originally was 2000 Mixed if I remember and has gone through about 5 upgrades to 2008 R2. Currently have two both 2008 R2.

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    take a look at the Domain level

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    Domain function level 2008 R2 (same with Forest level) if thats what you meant.

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    Are you sure offline caching is disabled right click on the share and check it.

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    Yeah it is disabled, did that today (due to it being one of those fixes). Unless there is cache some where that needs clearing?

    What I will do is clear out the profiles in the two rooms I know that are having huge issues (they are XP) and see if that resolves it. Can't run it on mine because there is only my profile, but could try anyway. I do appreciate the help

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    Well so far testing seems to indicate that was the problem, although still getting those incorrect settings on my PC... maybe there is some old settings some where.

    Today will be the real test because I cleared 5 computer areas of profiles before heading home, found a typical 2 computers not working, 2 network cables missing and a bad state suites as always...

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