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Troubleshooting roaming profiles

1-Check the error which user receive while he is logging, (remember this error can be catched later from the event viewer).

Remember to scroll down the error to get the details!!!

The error which you could fine gonna be something like:
*Access is denied
*There is not enough space on the disk.
*The specified network name is no longer available.
*Windows cannot find the local profile and is logging you on with a temporary profile. Changes you make to this profile will be lost when you log off.

There is another errors from userenv, related to roaming profile, but its out of our focus for now.

-I think they are clear enough, but based on each one we will apply a different troubleshooting steps.

If you couldn't read the error from the logon error, its not a big deal, you have to open event viewer and go to Application folder and search for errors from userenv

The error will contain the description of the error as mentioned earlier:

You can apply filter in Application folder to see the userenv err…

How to import users to Active Directory using csvde

Sometimes you need to add many users to your domain, something like this could be time consuming, so today i would like to show you how to import users from an excel sheet, will first of all we have to prepare our users excel sheet, our excel sheet, i gonna attach an example file,
Download the example file from here
you can simply modify the first example and fill the sheet excel with your users, then you have to save the file as csv (comma-separated values)

Now after we finished preparing our sheet, we have to import it to the Active directory, we will use cvsde command (this file doesn't exist in Windows XP if you want to use it copy it from windows\system32\ of Windows 2003 to windows\system32\ of Windows XP
now the command syntax will be like this:
cvsvde -i -f D:\Example.csv -j F:\
-i stand for import mode (the default is export)
-f stand for file (its need the full path to the csv file
-j Stand for logging (you have to specify the path of log)

If you are running this command from Win…

How to take an image for your server or your workstations

I am going to show you how you can take an image for your servers or your workstations, i am going to use Acronis True image server, but you can use any other imaging tools and getting similar solution, first lets talk about servers, ill assume we have a Domain controller running Windows 2003, so we will install the Acronis true image server, which is a straight forward installation, you will need to reboot your server after you finish your installation, then we are ready,
WARNING:I Assume here that the domain controller sysvol and NETLOGON are installed on there default place on C:\ otherwise you will need to backup them too..

We will start by open Acronis true image server:We will choose the first option which is for imaging the whole of the hard disk or a specified partition.

Then we will choose our system partition usually its gonna be C: (again i have to remind you with the earlier warning)
WARNING:I Assume here that the domain controller sysvol and NETLOGON are installed on there …