Integrating Win95 and Samba in detail (was Re: Problems. Bugs?)

Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton lkcl at
Fri Oct 3 11:14:25 GMT 1997

On Fri, 3 Oct 1997, Louis Mandelstam wrote:

> My objective is to move all user-specific data into their home directories
> on the Samba server, so that a PC can be clean installed easily without me
> ever having to worry about the user loosing any of their data, as well as
> making it possible for users to roam between PCs, as well as share PCs.
> So far, I have managed to get:
> 1. A completely automated Win95+apps installation from the server, from a
>    boot diskette (for setting up new PCs or fixing completely hosed ones)

how??? how???
> 2. A completely automated install as above, but initiated by the server.
>    (for fixing less-than-completely hosed PCs, or upgrading the software
>     on them or making other changed on the hard drives)

> 5. Netscape keeps their mail folders, bookmarks, addressbooks, cookies etc
>    all in a netscape\ subdirectory in the home directory.  This adds full
>    roaming to Netscape as well.  The cache is kept on C: however.

done this.
> 6. Corel Office 7, same as for Netscape.

not done this.
> 8. Automatic printer selection, per-workstation.  I expect I'll have to
>    set up a table on the server with printer name to use for each
>    workstation, and come up with a way to update the registry accordinly
>    at boot time.  To make it fun, not all the printers are the same - but
>    almost all understand PCL5.  I might be able to get rid of the rest if
>    I have to.

> Anyone else working on something like this, interested in sharing notes?

> Anyone know of a list/web site/newsgroup that covers these issues?  The
> Win95 Resource Toolkit has offered very little help.

no.  perhaps one should be started!



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