Login Script Not Running Windows 2008 Remote Desktop Services (Terminal Services)

Call today: User has not got any network drives when logging on to the thin clients.

The setup for this is as follows:

  • 2 x Windows Server 2008 R2 servers running RDS, DNS round robin, load balanced.
  • 56 x ThinStation 2.2.2 clients

A VBS login script is applied using Group Policy. All student users have a Mandatory Roaming Profile.

Any user that was not the user that I used to create the template could not run the login script. Took quite a while to work out that the mandatory profile was the cause.

To solve the problem:

  1. Open Registry Editor
  2. Select HKEY_USERS, then click File –> Load Hive
  3. Select the mandatory profile file (NTUSER.MAN) and give it a name.
  4. Right click on the key that you typed in in step 3 and select Permissions.
  5. Remove the user that you used to create the Mandatory Profile
  6. Add in the Authenticated Users (or a different group if you want to restrict access further) and assign it Full Control.
  7. Propagate the permissions to all child objects.
  8. Select the hive that you added in step 3, click File –> Unload Hive
  9. Test.

I suggest creating a backup of the original hive before you make any changes. Just in case.

Now, whenever a user logs in the script should run, and create all of the necessary network drives that you have defined in your script.

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