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    NTUSER dat file question

    I’m running a Dell Power Edge 600SC Win 2K server and 32 networked XP Pro Workstations (half Dell Gx60 and the other half GX 270). A problem I commonly encounter is a small number of the machines loose profiles. The resulting main problem is existing users, no problem but a new user logging on is not picking up any printer defaults at all. This seems workstation specific – if the same student logs onto another workstation no problem. I reckon I need to edit or copy the ntuser.dat file from a good machine to the failing machine – would this be right? If so on search I see NTUSER files all 256 KB in size at:

    C:\DocumentsandSettings\
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    C:\windows\system32\config\systemprofile

    Advice would be most welcome.

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    Re: NTUSER dat file question

    just delete all the local user accounts, start a fresh its the best way, or just image it again! how long can it take!?

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    Re: NTUSER dat file question

    Are these network or local printers? network printers are user based, local printers are machine based.

    When you say:
    Quote Originally Posted by speckytecky
    A problem I commonly encounter is a small number of the machines loose profiles
    What do you mean by lose, are they not loading and a new profile being made or are they dissapearing from the machine itself?

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    Re: NTUSER dat file question

    Are you using roaming profiles, mandatory profiles or folder redirection?

    Also, have you considered setting up printers in a login script? I use Ric' VBS script (posted in the scripts forum).

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    Re: NTUSER dat file question

    Quote Originally Posted by E1uSiV3
    Are these network or local printers? network printers are user based, local printers are machine based.

    The current printer (Brother HL 5130 laser) that should come up as default is usb connected to our server as is the old printer (Epson C43inkjet). Most workstations still pick the Epson up as default. About 3 fail to pick a printer up at all on first use by a new student.

    When you say:
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    A problem I commonly encounter is a small number of the machines loose profiles
    What do you mean by lose, are they not loading and a new profile being made or are they dissapearing from the machine itself?
    This is a problem as well. Not only the occasional printer setting loss but also on one machine Black Cat programmes although MSI installed and resident in the programe directory are not coming through as available when certain students log on.

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    Re: NTUSER dat file question

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff
    Are you using roaming profiles, mandatory profiles or folder redirection?

    Looking at the user profiles in Active Directory no user profile has been set. On the Workstations the only NTUSER files are DAT files.

    Also, have you considered setting up printers in a login script? I use Ric' VBS script (posted in the scripts forum).
    I'll have to look at that one thanks.

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