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    How can I edit our mandatory profile?

    Our mandatory profile was created ages ago and I can't remember how, as is always the case with me if I haven't done something in the last month I forget it.

    I'd like to edit ours as all the users have to refresh internet explorer the first time they open it to get the home page and then they have to click a check box and I'm pretty sure a change to the profile couild fix this.

    Please help this mans confused brain!

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    open registry editor, click on HKEY_USERS, go to file > load hive, select the ntuser.man and name it anything.

    You can edit all the registry stuff there, just remember to unload it to save the changes you make.

    (i think that's what you're after anyway?)

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    The way I do edits to mandatory profiles is to make a copy of it, change the ntuser.man to ntuser.dat, assign that copy to an account, edit what I want to and then do a 'copy to' in System Properties->Advanced->User Profiles, to create a clean version where I change the ntuser.dat back to ntuser.man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbios View Post
    open registry editor, click on HKEY_USERS, go to file > load hive, select the ntuser.man and name it anything.

    You can edit all the registry stuff there, just remember to unload it to save the changes you make.

    (i think that's what you're after anyway?)
    I wouldn't do that with a live profile, make a copy edit the copy, test the copy then implement.

    The other method for editing the profile is (and like the above make a copy and work on that);

    Rename ntuser.man to ntuser.dat, if the profiles name ends .MAN remove this.

    Assign the profile to an account with not GPOs applied, no mapped drive or printers.

    Make sure that the above account has permissions to make changes to the profile (at both file and share level).

    Log in using the account.

    Make changes.

    Double check that you haven't left behind anything you don't want in the profile.

    Log out, making sure you give the system time to log out fully and save the profile.

    Rename NTUSER.dat back to NTUSER.MAN. Replace .MAN to the end of the profile.

    Test the profile.

    Switch over to new profile (rename the old one, then rename the copy to the old profile's name).

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    Should of mentioned in my post that i make a copy and edit that and not the live profile

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    The way I do edits to mandatory profiles is to make a copy of it, change the ntuser.man to ntuser.dat, assign that copy to an account, edit what I want to and then do a 'copy to' in System Properties->Advanced->User Profiles, to create a clean version where I change the ntuser.dat back to ntuser.man.
    This is ringing bells, I shall try this first!

    thanks

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    I must be doing something wrong in this very simple process!
    Once I have finished and I copy the profile back on to the server and rename ntuser.dat to ntuser.man, allocate that profile to a user and they then log on they have problems!
    No scripts are run or GPOs applied as far as I can tell.
    Which bit did I do wrong?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by reggiep View Post
    I must be doing something wrong in this very simple process!
    Once I have finished and I copy the profile back on to the server and rename ntuser.dat to ntuser.man, allocate that profile to a user and they then log on they have problems!
    No scripts are run or GPOs applied as far as I can tell.
    Which bit did I do wrong?

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    How are you doing the copy back?

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    After logging off as my profile user, I reboot, log in as domain admin, then do a 'copy to' in System Properties->Advanced->User Profiles across to a folder that also contains my other mandatory profiles folder. I then rename the ntuser.dat to ntuser.man?

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    That should work fine. Have you got permissions all set correctly on the profile?

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    I think so, I will have a look again.

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    Yep, all permissions exactly the same.

    Having just reread K.C.LeBlanc's post, I will have to check that my user doesn't have any gpos applied to it. I'm pretty sure my user does have them applied.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reggiep View Post
    I'd like to edit ours as all the users have to refresh internet explorer the first time they open it to get the home page and then they have to click a check box and I'm pretty sure a change to the profile couild fix this.
    Is this not a combination of turning off any "first use" settings in Group Policy and deleting any STUBPATH entries in the Registry? HLMK - SOFTWARE - MICROSOFT - ACTIVE SETUP

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    I don't know! I'll take a look though.

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    Is it IE7 or IE8? We're on 8 here. ISTR someone having similar problems when IE7 came out, so we delayed the upgrade.

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