GPO (behind the scenes)

Well, to begin with we had this really weird problem that the thin clients as well as the terminal server would only load user based group policy if you are a member of the group of local administrators. While that’s ok for the thin clients (users can’t actually change something unless they log in as “Administrator” – don’t ask me why), it’s a real no-no on the terminal server.

We tried redoing *everything* (that is, starting with the domain, then terminal server and after that the thin clients) and yet nothing changed, it didn’t work either. That’s what I’ve been doing the last 2 weeks. Up till now, I always thought a user would have access to the ntuser.dat (that is HKEY_CURRENT_USER), if his NTFS permissions would be correct. But nooooooooooooooooooooo, Microsoft had to introduce another layer of permissions.

Old permissions on HKEY_CURRENT_USER
Old permissions on HKEY_CURRENT_USER
Once you change it to be proper (as in remove the dead user entry and add a group that actually gets you somewhere), it’s all starting to work!

New permissions on HKEY_CURRENT_USER
New permissions on HKEY_CURRENT_USER

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