[Samba] slow logon (and logoff) to Samba PDC

l. a. walsh lwlsh at tlinx.org
Sun Oct 20 22:24:01 GMT 2002

How do I tell Windows98 not to copy the profiles to the local computer
but to leave them on the server instead?

I have several old Win98 clients that have hard disks transferring
1Mbyte/second on a clear day (and defraged disk).  They have all been
upgraded with 100Mbps ethernet and often get faster I/O to network 
disks than to local.

So I'd like to put home directories on the server (a donated fiber
channel based RAID beast w/multiple ethernet interfaces) and skip
local user storage of data.

I haven't figured out how to tell Win98 to stop copying the home
directories to the local servers (where everything operates more slowly

Why can't these things be more simple....sigh.

As an aside, the 'admin' they had set everything up for them did things 
in a tad peculiar fashion.  Things like having all workstations 
autosignon as 'root' so they could access the common database on the 
file server (owned by root).

Still haven't figured out if that is causing another of their problems
they sometimes get random database behavior -- as though records aren't
stored properly.  I don't believe they have any locking setup on the
database, but each user only works with their own record anyway, so 
theoretically there should be no stepping on each other.  Despite that,
I get a little concerned with the possibilities of buffered I/O to/from
the smb-mounted "Access" database causing overwrites to adjacent

I don't know if individual records are setup on disk-block boundaries or

Since they're a non-profit operating at the mercy of donations, I've
been volunteering to try to look at things (partner works there and, as
little as I know, they know less).

Any ideas on how to turn off the autocopying?


> -----Original Message-----
> From: samba-admin at lists.samba.org 
> [mailto:samba-admin at lists.samba.org] On Behalf Of Mark Belfanti
> Sent: Saturday, October 19, 2002 4:43 PM
> Cc: list at firman.us; samba at lists.samba.org
> Subject: Re: [Samba] slow logon (and logoff) to Samba PDC
> Also check the Internet Explorer Temporary Internet File folder. By
> default this is stored in the Profile and if it is set to have a large
> cache and the user spends a lot of time on the web then it will take a
> long to download when logging in/out.
> Mark
> On Sat, 2002-10-19 at 22:45, Aton wrote:
> > How much data is stored on the desktop? Each time you logon 
> and or logoff, Windows updates the profile on the samba 
> server, and the profile includes all files on the desktop. So 
> if have tons of files on the desktop, it'll make it slow.
> > 
> > Other than that, I don't have a clue.(tm) =)
> > 
> > 
> > Aton
> > 
> > At 08:29 AM 10/19/2002 -0800, you wrote:
> > >
> > >One of my Win2000 clients takes about 5 minutes to logon
> > >(and logoff) my Samba PDC.  Other Win2000 clients are fine 
> > >so this may not be samba related but wanted to ask anyhow.
> > >
> > >I have turned off the "enable offline folders" on the Win2000 
> > >machine so their is no synchronization stuff going on.
> > >
> > >What else should I do ???
> > >
> > >
> > >
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