Mandatory profiles are an ideal way of keeping a completeÂ setÂ ofÂ workstationsÂ inÂ syncÂ inÂ regardÂ ofÂ theirÂ visualÂ appearanceÂ andÂ settings.
OneÂ thingÂ IÂ wasÂ stuckÂ at:Â WheneverÂ IÂ copiedÂ aÂ profileÂ andÂ renamedÂ theÂ NTUSER.DATÂ toÂ NTUSER.MANÂ theÂ profileÂ simplyÂ wouldn’tÂ loadÂ theÂ preferencesÂ fromÂ it, resulting in ugly window decorations, empty start menus etc.Â WhyÂ isÂ that?
TheÂ reasonÂ liesÂ inÂ theÂ permissionsÂ onÂ HKCU. To circumvent this undesired effects you can use Computer -> Properties -> Advanced -> User Profiles -> Copy To… — and now comes the thing — before clicking OK also click the button on the bottom of the form to set permissions. I used DOMAIN\Everyone but as usual… results may vary.
ThisÂ wayÂ itÂ workedÂ fine,Â though.
It’sÂ aÂ shameÂ thatÂ thisÂ littleÂ clickÂ isn’tÂ mentionedÂ inÂ 90%Â ofÂ theÂ quick’n’dirtyÂ guidesÂ onÂ theÂ net,Â itÂ reallyÂ does makeÂ aÂ difference.