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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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 at “Applying...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...