[Samba] Large Roaming profiles

Stefan Becker becker at lufa-sp.vdlufa.de
Sun Feb 24 11:47:03 GMT 2002

as far as I know it makes no differance what server you are using.
A windows client will always download the WHOLE profile while
logging on and likewise copy to WHOLE profile back to the server.

This isn't anything that could be controled within Samba.  The best
thing to besides not use Win2k and roaming profiles is to:
a) MOVE the user's "Computer - personal files" setting to a fixed place
of the user's Profile.
b) MOVE the user's "Temperary Internet Files" to a place outside of the

this should account for 95% of the junk that gets copied back and forth
time the user logs on and off.

Again, I believe that any M$ Client will always copy the WHOLE Profile
checking timestamps between the two copies.

my regards,


>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
>Oliver Schulze L.
>oliver at samera.com.py

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