Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

A couple of weeks ago, we experimented with mandatory profiles for users, but due to some issues with one piece of software, we had to revert back to roaming profiles.

However, even though the ntuser file is now a .dat, not a .man, the local computers still list the users profile as Mandatory (when I right click 'My Computer', click 'Advanced' and then click 'Users...'). This is happening in Windows 2000 and Windows XP, and the Active Directory is located on a Windows Server 2003 machine.

The effect of this is that it takes a very long time for users to log on (usually 20-25 minutes), before a Windows Script Host error is thrown -

Windows Script Host error

Consequently, I am having to log on to each computer as a local admin and delete the users local copy of their profile so that it is recreated correctly as Roaming when they next log on.

Does anyone know of a less time-consuming way of fixing this problem? Thanks.

share|improve this question

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.