I am having a problem with enabling roaming profiles.

I have a test user ittest. I went into their AD account and changed the roaming profile location to \servername\profiles$\ittest

The profiles folder is shared out, and everyone has full permissions on the share level. On the NTFS level it looks like this. Domain users and servername\users both have FULL permissions (I know this is bad but I’m trying to troubleshoot) inside of that folder I have a folder named ittest where the users profile should redirect. I made it and they have full permissions. When I log out and the profile tries to write to the server, I can see the folders being created but I will get a message saying can’t write this file (a normal DOC file I think it’s the first one it reaches) access denied.

If I log in as ittest I can browse to \servername\profiles$\ittest and can write and read to the subfolders that have been created. So I’m totally stumped.


2 Answers 2


Windows is very particular about the access rights to profile folders; you should let windows create them, or study an existing profile and figure it out for yourself (handy when setting up a samba server for profiles :-) ).

  • I still am having trouble, I have followed many guides but am not having much luck, do you have any comprehensive reading you could recommend?
    – Will
    Feb 8, 2011 at 16:06
  • Something is up, I just redid this completely. Deleted the share , created a new one named Profiles, gave full control to everyone on the share level and it still is giving me access denied. I told it to create the profile in \\server\profiles\ittest (letting it create the ittest folder. It does create the profile folder, but I can't even access it now. I have no idea whats going on.
    – Will
    Feb 8, 2011 at 16:30

Just make a Roaming folder in c drive and share it with every one. After then go to ADUC and make user and provide the path like this \server name\share folder name\username After then open the MY Computer properties Go in Advance Setting and then in User Profiles click on Setting button. After that paste that path \server name\share folder name\username in copy to After then first login on server machine to activate the account and then login in user computer it will work.

Thanks and Regard Divya Ranjan. Certified MCITP.

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