[Samba] Large Roaming profiles

dumon dumon at club-internet.fr
Sun Feb 24 06:29:05 GMT 2002

Under Win 2000, roaming accounts are totally locally cached ( even if the
user didn't log on the workstation) at log time and are copied when the user
unlog himself.

It can take some time to log on and log off if you have big roaming account.
When the account is very big ( up to 1.5 Gbytes), the transfert can be
corrupted. I notice that a 800 Mbytes account in a 100Mb LAN is not
corrupted. It depends on the time the workstation copy the files to the

----- Original Message -----
From: "Michael Heironimus" <mkh01 at earthlink.net>
To: <samba at lists.samba.org>
Sent: Sunday, February 24, 2002 12:56 AM
Subject: Re: [Samba] Large Roaming profiles

> I don't know about Windows 2000, but as I recall NT4 would compare the
> date on the locally-cached copy (assuming that user had logged in on
> that workstation before) against the date on the server, and if the
> server copy was newer it would copy the whole thing down. At logout it
> would copy the whole thing up to the server. In the dark days when I was
> an NT Server admin I found that large roaming profiles would often
> become corrupted and cause strange problems, we "encouraged" users to
> save everything in their home directories instead of on the desktop or
> any of the other locations that would be saved with their profiles.
> On Sat, Feb 23, 2002 at 08:31:34AM -0300, Oliver Schulze L. wrote:
> > Hi,
> > I have large size Roaming profiles in Win2k and Samba.
> > Samba 2.2.2 is acting as a PDC.
> >
> > Does Win2k load all the files from scratch from the samba server
> > everytime a user log in?
> > Or does Win2k or Samba provides some sort of diff mecanism, so
> > that only modified files are loaded from the Samba server(to speed think
> > up)?
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