Roaming Profile Compatibility – The Windows 7 to Windows 8 Challenge

[Editor’s note:  Everything Mark mentions for Windows 8 clients here is also true for Windows 8.1 clients.  Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 clients use the same (v3) profile version, so the 8.1 upgrade will not prevent this from happening if you have roaming profiles in your environment.  Something to be aware of if you’re planning… Read more

Friday Mail Sack: LeBron is not Jordan Edition

Hi folks, Ned here again. Today we discuss trusts rules around domain names, attribute uniqueness, the fattest domains we’ve ever seen, USMT data-only migrations, kicking FRS while it’s down, and a few amusing side topics. Scottie, don’t be that way. Go Mavs. Creating trusts between forests with duplicate names Enforcing sAMAccountName uniqueness The biggest domain… Read more

USMT and U: Migrating only fresh domain profiles

Hi folks, Ned here again. Frequently someone asks me how to make USMT 4.0 migrate only recently used domain user profiles. This might sound like a simple request for a USMT veteran, but there are some subtleties caused by processing rules and behaviors. Today I go through how this works, talk about pitfalls, and ultimately… Read more

USMT pauses at "starting the migration process" for many minutes then works

Hi folks, Ned here again. Occasionally, someone pings me to explain why USMT 4.0 scanstate is running slowly. My first demand is to see the scanstate.log file, having provided the argument /v:5. That log shows the command-line, the XML files selected, and what “slow” really means. In this particular example the cause is like Soylent… Read more

Friday Mail Sack: The Year 3000 Edition

Hello all, Ned here again. Today we talk DCDIAG, DFSN, DFSR, group policy, user profiles, migrations, USMT, and the fuuuuuuturrrrrrrrre. DCDIAG failing RPCSS test Disabling DFS targets via command-line RSOP.MSC errors on Win7 The future of AD MIGAPP.XML compatibility between USMT 3.01 and 4.0 Mixing DFSR versions between OSes Profile conversion from workgroup to domain joined… Read more

Mythical Creatures – Corrupt User Profiles

             “Ned” the Gnome Mike here again and in the spirit of Halloween I want to discuss mythical creatures. What would the world be without J.R.R. Tolkien’s idea of smelly, leather-skinned Orcs or Greek Mythology’s gift of Pegasus, the winged stallion? Unfortunately, for each great mythical creature, like giant walking trees (that walk for… Read more

Microsoft’s Support Statement Around Replicated User Profile Data

[Note from Ned: this article was created and vetted by the Microsoft development teams for DFS Replication, DFS Namespaces, Offline Files, Folder Redirection, Roaming User Profiles, and Home Folders. Due to some TechNet publishing timelines, it was decided to post here in the interim. This article will become part of the regular TechNet documentation tree… Read more

Background uploading of User Registry Settings

Hey everyone, Mike here again to discuss an interesting feature I learned about in Windows 7. Many Microsoft customers deploy Roaming User Profiles. In fact, many combine Roaming User profiles and Folder Redirection to get the best experience possible. However, one of the drawbacks with Roaming User profiles is the user must logoff before their… Read more

USMT and /SF

Hi all, Ned here again. I’ve seen an emerging issue with USMT that I need to address while our TechNet documentation is updated. If you are using USMT 4.0 for migrations from XP, this is required reading to avoid some very gnarly problems when using the /SF switch in loadstate. Onward. Background When reading our… Read more

Troubleshooting Credential Roaming

Hi. Jim here again from Directory Services with a follow up to my Understanding Credential Roaming blog post. To review, credential roaming makes it possible to roam the user’s credentials in a manageable, secure manner that is ultimately transparent to the user. What follows is a deeper dive into the inner workings of Credential Roaming…. Read more