- Windows Server 2003 determines if the roaming profile folder exists and that either the user or the Administrators group is the owner of the folder.
- Windows Server 2003 considers the folder legitimate and copies files to the folder during the logoff process and from the folder during the logon process if the following conditions are true:
- The user or the Administrators group owns the folder.
- The "Do not check for user ownership of Roaming Profile Folders" policy is not set.
- When these conditions are not true, Windows Server 2003 does not copy any files from or to the folder. Windows Server 2003 displays an error message and logs an event in the System event log.
- Windows Server 2003 creates the folder in its current secure manner if no cached profile exists, the user's cached profile, or a temporary profile is issued.
- Windows Server 2003 assumes that the folder is legitimate if the "Do not check for user ownership of Roaming Profile Folders" policy is set and the ownership of the folder is not checked.
Error messagesWhen you log on as a user that has a roaming profile and Windows Server 2003 determines that the roaming profile folder is not legitimate, you receive the following error message:
- You turn off or do not configure this setting.
- The roaming user profile folder exists.
- Neither the user nor the Administrators group is the owner of the folder.
To change the "Do not check for user ownership of Roaming Profile Folders" policy setting:
- Start the Group Policy snap-in.
- Browse to the following folder:
Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\User Profiles
- In the right pane, double-click Do not check for user Ownership of Roaming Profile Folders.
- To turn on the policy, click Enabled. To turn off the policy, leave the policy undefined or click
- Click OK.