Shared roaming profiles for all users (XP)?

Andrew Bartlett abartlet at
Sat Nov 23 05:02:01 GMT 2002

On Sat, 2002-11-23 at 14:46, xfesty wrote:
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> Hiya.
> Is there anyway to make non changable roaming profiles for all users 
> with XP workstations, and Samba 3.0HEAD from CVS acting as a PDC?
> I'm setting up a bunch of workstations for an internet cafe, and all 
> users need to basically have the same settings (i.e. desktop icons, 
> Internet Explorer settings, start menu items, etc.) as others, yet not 
> be able to change them.
> I tried setting the profile dir to the same for all users, and making 
> it read only, but I'm experiencing two problems -
> (1) XP will refuse to load the profile if its read-only, and
> (2) XP won't load the profile if it wasn't created by the same user.
> I'm also finding cookies in IE sometimes aren't being properly set, 
> people can't view hotmail attachments, MSN messenger refuses to work, 
> and a bunch of other oddities.
> Anyway past this?  I remember back when I was using Windows 2K Server 
> as a PDC, it was possible to have this.

If the ntuser.dat is renamed, and you make the profile owned
by root, read-only to the suer, and you set root to have rid 500 in
LDAP, does it work?  

(ie add root to ldap, then change the RID).

I think this is the standard way this is done on NT.

Andrew Bartlett

Andrew Bartlett                                 abartlet at
Manager, Authentication Subsystems, Samba Team  abartlet at
Student Network Administrator, Hawker College   abartlet at
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