Associating Domain Account With Local User Profile

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How can I force the association of a domain user account with a specific
local user profile? The domain account does not have any roaming profile.

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Will
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    This can be done through the registry, but you will run into permissions
    issues if you do not add permissions to the profile for the domain user
    account. Here are the steps:

    1. Add permissions to the local profile for the domain user account.
    2. Make sure that the user has logged onto the machine with his/her domain
    user account in the past (to create a profile). Login to the machine with a
    local administrator account.
    3. Open regedit and navigate to HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows
    NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList
    4. In the profile list you will see a folder for every profile on the
    machine. They are named with the SID of the user who owns the profile.
    5. Find the profile that is associated with the local user account (look in
    the ProfileImagePath value and you will see that it ends with the username of
    the owner of the profile).
    6. Copy the value of the ProfileImagePath for that profile (should look
    like "%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\UserName"
    7. Find the profile that is associated with the domain user account.
    8 Open the ProfileImagePath for that profile and paste the path that was
    copied in step 6.
    9. Reboot the machine, and have the user logon with their domain account.
    They will now be using the same profile whether they login with their local
    account or their domain account.

    WARNING!!! If you do not set permissions properly before the user logs in
    with their domain account, you run the risk of losing the entire profile. If
    this is on an XP machine, I recommend that you run the "Files and Settings
    Transfer Wizard" to backup the profile before you attempt this.

    "Will" wrote:

    > How can I force the association of a domain user account with a specific
    > local user profile? The domain account does not have any roaming profile.
    >
    > --
    > Will
    > Internet: westes AT earthbroadcast.com
    >
    >
    >
    >
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.general (More info?)

    This was very helpful, but apparently your list is not complete.

    For one thing, the user's %TEMP% environment variable is still set to use a
    directory in the original profile.

    For another thing, the user's Outlook and Outlook Express files are all
    pointing to the values in the prior directory.

    Just to step back a second, the reason for my request was that I lowered a
    domain user from administrator on a box to users group. On the next login,
    the domain user created a new profile instead of using the old one. I
    found the security problem that was holding the user back, but by that point
    it was too late. A new profile was being used, and the Outlook and Outlook
    Express profiles were all lost and pointing to blank re-initialized ones.

    This part of Microsoft's software could have used a little more testing.
    It's a major pain.

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    Will
    Internet: westes AT earthbroadcast.com


    "Ele7eN" <Ele7eN@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:9A5EA8E3-E87E-4C54-BB6C-291A49A63023@microsoft.com...
    > This can be done through the registry, but you will run into permissions
    > issues if you do not add permissions to the profile for the domain user
    > account. Here are the steps:
    >
    > 1. Add permissions to the local profile for the domain user account.
    > 2. Make sure that the user has logged onto the machine with his/her
    domain
    > user account in the past (to create a profile). Login to the machine with
    a
    > local administrator account.
    > 3. Open regedit and navigate to HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows
    > NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList
    > 4. In the profile list you will see a folder for every profile on the
    > machine. They are named with the SID of the user who owns the profile.
    > 5. Find the profile that is associated with the local user account (look
    in
    > the ProfileImagePath value and you will see that it ends with the username
    of
    > the owner of the profile).
    > 6. Copy the value of the ProfileImagePath for that profile (should look
    > like "%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\UserName"
    > 7. Find the profile that is associated with the domain user account.
    > 8 Open the ProfileImagePath for that profile and paste the path that was
    > copied in step 6.
    > 9. Reboot the machine, and have the user logon with their domain account.
    > They will now be using the same profile whether they login with their
    local
    > account or their domain account.
    >
    > WARNING!!! If you do not set permissions properly before the user logs in
    > with their domain account, you run the risk of losing the entire profile.
    If
    > this is on an XP machine, I recommend that you run the "Files and Settings
    > Transfer Wizard" to backup the profile before you attempt this.
    >
    > "Will" wrote:
    >
    > > How can I force the association of a domain user account with a specific
    > > local user profile? The domain account does not have any roaming
    profile.
    > >
    > > --
    > > Will
    > > Internet: westes AT earthbroadcast.com
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > >
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