Folder Views and Roaming Profiles

Tony C.
07-10-2005, 12:56 AM
I was wondering if anyone has any ideas regarding the following:

Running WindowsXP SP2 machines in a 2000 domain with roaming profiles (the
profiles live on a 2003 member server). Users are members of security groups
that either have admin or power user access to the desktop so there are no
actual accounts on the machines. The GPO also removes the locally cached
profile at logout time. The issue is the folder view settings. Once the
user desktop is configured on a particular machine, everything works fine -
on that machine. However, if the user logs on to a different machine, all
the folder views are reset. Upon further investigation, I've determine that
the OS is storing the settings in HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam
instead of the Shell key. Since the ShellNoRoam key contains the actual
machine name, when logging on to a different machine than the one used for
desktop initialization, this key is replaced and all subsequent keys (Bags)
are removed, thus the desktop reverts to an uninitialized state.

I have about 50 Win2K stations working just fine but can't figure this one
out. It would seem that the OS should be writing this info to the Shell key
as opposed to ShellNoRoam. Other than this issue, all other aspects of
roaming and the GPO are working fine.

I would greatly appreciate any information that may shed some light on this
as I'm scheduled to deploy a new branch office next week and would like to
nail this one down.



Folder Views and Roaming Profiles