Brief questions :-)

Jason Todd todd.4 at
Wed Mar 14 20:47:10 GMT 2001

I have a few [simple] questions that hopefully some of you have answers
to.  They may be perceived as not really relating specifically to Samba,
but I've seen lots of good NT help in this list.  If there is a good NT
domain mailing list or news group, I'd be happy to hear about it.

1) What are the reasons to NOT turn off local profile caching in an NT lab
served by Samba?  Caching has caused too many headaches and ulcers and I'm
preparing to wipe the lab clean next week (to fix many issues).  As I do,
I really want to turn off the stupid caching.

2) When local profile caching is disabled, does NT just read all
shortcuts, etc. off the network copy of the profile as it needs to?
Although that may slow things down a little, I think that makes most
sense, but I can never accuse Windows* of doing anything sensical.

3) What's the best way to restrict users from installing new programs?
Could I do that in a policy?  If so, where is the best information on
creating policies?  I know I could also just play some tricks with file
permissions on each NT machine (such as make Program Files read-only) but
that seems like too much work, and it could be circumvented, and I can see
how it could cause problems with program temp files, etc...

4) Here's another annoying problem and I don't know who to blame, NT or
Samba.  Occasionally when a user selects something from the Shut Down
menu, the screen will do its "fade" and the hourglass appears, but at that
point everything just seems to sit still.  I can press ALT+F4 and the fade
and hourglass will go away as if nothing ever happened.  I'm forced to use
CTRL+ALT+DEL and select either Logoff or Shut Down.  What could be causing
that?  It doesn't seem to do that with local accounts.

Jason Todd

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