Samba and Profiles

Todd Pfaff pfaff at edge.cis.McMaster.CA
Thu Mar 4 19:52:15 GMT 1999

a samba-2.0.x pdc does not provide the necessary domain user information
to a domain client for things like user manager and ntfs access control
lists to work yet.  if you need these features then you have to run the
samba-2.1.0prealpha version.

a workaround for the roaming profile problem is available and has been
posted to the samba lists in the past.  it may also be on the samba
nt-domain faq, i'm not sure.  essentially what you have to do is to copy
the profile (using the My Computer->Properties->User Profiles Copy
function and change the Permitted to Use field to Everyone).  you have to
do this copy while not connected to the domain (either temporarily leave
the domain and join a workgroup, or disconnect your network cable and wait
for the timeout) because otherwise it will fail or crash when trying to
get the domain user info from the pdc (like user manager does).

On Thu, 4 Mar 1999, Burch, Phil wrote:

> Date: Thu, 4 Mar 1999 11:53:33 +1100
> From: "Burch, Phil" <pburch at>
> To: Multiple recipients of list <samba-ntdom at>
> Subject: Samba and Profiles
> (I've posted this to a newsgroup, sorry if you've had to read it twice)
> I have set up Samba 2.0.2 as the PDC for a classroom of NTW4 clients.
> Everything is working great except it seems the NTUSER.DAT portion of
> roaming profiles is not getting updated properly.. (My desktop reverts to
> green and I get the Welcome to NT message every login)
> I am also not able to run User Manager for Domains, (the log talks of "TODO
> - change Unix times to NTTIMEs) because it crashes if I try to do something,
> is this related?
> The NTUSER.DAT file on the Unix filesystem looks like this:
> -rw-r--r-- 1 pburch pburch 270336 Mar 3 1999 NTUSER.DAT
> Is the strange date format a factor??
> Thanks in advance,
> Phil Burch
> Computing Services
> North Seattle Community College

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