Profiles, roaming and roving profiles

Armand Welsh armand at
Thu Jan 11 21:02:07 GMT 2001

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fyi:  I had a simillar problem with thing not running as fast on my fast
100mb systems, as they did on my 10mbit slower systems.  It turned out to be
a timing issue with the nics (certain brands) and switches.   I resolved it
eventually by replacing everything with the same 3com nic, but temporary
solution was to speed up to specific problem workstations to 100mbits as

----- Original Message -----
From: "Alexandr Falta" <alex at>
To: "samba-ntdom list" <samba-ntdom at>
Sent: Thursday, January 11, 2001 8:39 AM
Subject: Re: Profiles, roaming and roving profiles

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> Gerald Carter wrote:
> >
> > ctrlsoft at wrote:
> > >
> > > Hi,
> > >
> > > I have been reading the samba site and the docs. Everything
> > > works fine here, except I get the message 'Couldn't load
> > > your profile' when trying to log in.
> > >
> mee too :-(
> > a profile is a collection of user settings, such as
> > HKCU, desktop icons, foldes, etc...  A roaming (or roving
> > profile) is one which is stored centrally on a network
> > server for a domain user and downloaded to a desktop
> > client upon logon.
> >
> > Samba can be used to store roaming profiles.
> so, what about storing and retreiving roaming profiles to/from samba
> server?
> I'm using samba 2.0.7, everything works fine except roaming profiles. My
> samba server is connected at 100Mbps ethernet, has fast UW SCSI disk,
> etc., but it's slow to deliver profile to workstation (NT4). Logons are
> slow as unusable, many times I can see on workstation something like
> "Cannot load your roaming profile, trying to login with cached local
> copy"
> I've tried to move PDC to old PC running as NT4 server (133MHz Pentium,
> old slow IDE disk, 10Mbps ethernet), there was no problem, everything
> works.
> I think the problem is in my samba, could anybody help me how to
> optimize SMB to use for profiles?
> many thanks
> alex
> FYI: My test network is small LAN with 16 workstations.

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