Temporary User Profiles and the Citrix ICA Client

Howdy folks, Scott Goad again to talk about an issue that I thought you might find useful. I recently worked with a customer who opened a case for an intermittent profile issue. Windows XP workstations would not load the local profile, resulting in the user receiving a temporary profile. The issue seemed to happen when… Read more

Certs On Wheels: Understanding Credential Roaming

Hi. Jim here again from the Directory Services team. Today I will break down some of the core components of credential roaming and how it functions. To secure critical transactions such as signing, encrypting, and decrypting e-mail or authenticating identity, many environments rely on certificates. The user certificates and the associated private keys are linked… Read more

Understanding How to Read a Userenv Log – Part 2

Mark here. As promised here is the second part of Understanding How to Read a Userenv Log (see Part 1 if you missed it). Most of the time when we need to enable Userenv logging is due to a delay of getting to the desktop after entering our credentials. Normally the user will be stuck… Read more

Understanding How to Read a Userenv Log – Part 1

Hey everyone, this is Mark from the Directory Services team. We get calls all the time where enabling Userenv logging is necessary to see exactly what is happening with group policy and profile loading. If you have ever looked at one it can be confusing to say the least. One thing to remember is that… Read more

Vista’s MoveUser.exe replacement

Hi Rob here again. I recently had a customer that needed the functionality of MoveUser.exe from the Windows 2000 Resource Kit available in Windows Vista. The customer had quite a few Windows Vista machines that were not joined to the domain but were now migrating to Active Directory. For their own business reasons they were… Read more

Automatic creation of user folders for home, roaming profile and redirected folders.

Hi Rob here again. Periodically we’re asked “what is the best way to auto-create home, roaming profile, and folder redirection folders instead of Administrators creating and configuring the NTFS permissions manually?” The techniques in this post requires you to use the environment variable %USERNAME% in the user’s home folder attribute when you create the users… Read more

User Profile Policies in Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista

Mike here. Windows Vista made numerous changes with how user profiles work. In fact, the changes are too numerous to describe here (you can read more about the changes with user profiles in the Managing Roaming User Data Deployment Guide (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=73435). However, the policy settings for user profiles from earlier versions of Windows remain and… Read more