Windows XP and "logon home"

Richard Sharpe sharpe at
Sat Nov 17 21:15:01 GMT 2001

Jay Ts wrote:

> Just to make myself useful for something, I thought I'd report
> the following behavior seen here with regards to Windows XP and
> the "logon home" directory, with a Samba PDC.
> I have logon home defined thusly in my smb.conf:
> 	logon home = \\toltec\%u\.win_profile\%m
> Windows 95/98/Me and Windows NT/2000 systems then can mount the
> user's home directory \\toltec\%u using the MS-DOS command
> 	net use H: /home
> (which I have placed in my logon.bat file in [netlogon], to be
> used as the logon script for all Windows systems.) The \.win_profile\%m
> part of logon home is for Windows 95/98/Me roaming profiles, and it is
> documented as "correct behavior" that this part of the path is ignored for
> determining the home directory.
> So, everything works as expected except for Windows XP, which does
> not ignore the \.win_profile\%m part.  Instead, it looks for the
> user home directory in \\toltec\jay\.win_profile\zuni (for example,
> on the network here).  This corresponds to a directory on the server
> of /home/jay/.win_profile/zuni.

But Jay, XP uses Nice Try Technology, so it would want logon path = some place ...

Did you have to join the domain with XP?

Richard Sharpe, rsharpe at, LPIC-1,, SAMS Teach Yourself Samba
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