[Samba] My Documents folder and roaming profiles.

Trevor Fraser trevor at systematic.co.za
Thu Aug 22 23:28:00 GMT 2002

Interesting one, please let us know if and how you get it right, it sound like a good trick to have up the sleeve.

Chow, Trevor.
Stussy said:"Knowledge is King!
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Jonathan Dean 
  To: samba at lists.samba.org 
  Sent: Tuesday, August 20, 2002 11:56 PM
  Subject: [Samba] My Documents folder and roaming profiles.

  Hi All,
  I don't know whether here is the right place to ask as this question is probably more Windows related than Samba related but I thought someone here might have some ideas.

  I've got a Samba 2.2.5 PDC (running on FreeBSD but that doesn't really matter) serving Windows XP machines.
  The roaming profiles are set to be stored in a different share to the users home directory so that the users don't see all the windows related files.
  ie \\SERVER\profiles\$user and home dirs are \\SERVER\$user
  The problem that i have is if users store files in the windows 'My Documents' they get stored with the profile.
  I would like the files to instead be stored in the users home dir.
  I thought of sym linking everyones 'My Documents' dir to their home dir but another problem is that the 'My Documents' folder gets copied to and from the file server at logon/logoff.
  Some users have Gigs of files and so i would prefer it if they were used accessed when needed from the file server rather than cached on the local machines hdd.

  I suppose basically my question is: Is there anyway to get Windows to copy the profile but exclude the 'My Documents' folder?
  (I know you can set the location of the 'My Documents' folder in each windows profile. (By right clicking on it i think) but i need to do it server side and for all users at once.)

  Jonathan Dean
  jon.dean at deanuk.net     www.jondean.com

  Dept. Computer Science, University of Exeter, UK.
  j.s.dean at ex.ac.uk       www.dcs.ex.ac.uk

  Network Manager, Dean UK Networks.
  root at deanuk.net www.deanuk.net

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