[Samba] Windows 2000 + roaming profiles

Trey Nolen tnolen at internetpro.net
Tue Jan 14 14:22:00 GMT 2003

I'm not sure if this is the same problem as you are seeing, but it might be
worth a try.  I have some clients that get an error saying that the roaming
profile could not be found when they attempt to log on.  Usually, it works
on the second try -- just like what you are describing.  We have found that
if the client does not log on immediately when the login screen appears,
they usually don't have the problem.  A delay of 30 seconds or so before
attempting to log in seems to do the trick.   I'm not sure why this is
caused, but I suspect that not all of the relevant services have been
started on the Windows machine with the login screen appears.   It might not
be a permanent fix, but if you delay your login and it clears up your issue,
then we might be closer to knowing what is going on.

Trey Nolen

> Hi all,
> I have a Samba 2.2.2 controlled domain (server config: Mandrake 8.1 with
> ReiserFS 3.6.25) and have a bit of a problem with profiles.
> Basically, there is this one user that has problems when she logs onto
> her workstation for the first time each day. The actual filename
> differs, but often an error message will be presented during the logon
> mentioning that a file could not be downloaded from the server because
> "THE NETWORK PATH WAS NOT FOUND". The file referenced is indeed there.
> Of course, the person is dumped into a Windows 2000 environment without
> anything in the way of personalised settings, meaning they need to log
> back out.
> Strangely, the second attempt normally results in success. Of course,
> their workstation accumulates a massive number of folders named
> username.domainname.xxx where xxx is a number between 000 and 999 but
> the problem goes away.
> For the moment, I've told the machine to just use the locally cached
> copy. The logs don't show anything other than the errors that seem to be
> fairly common in this network for reasons not known to me (No route to
> host features often).
> I have very similar configs in other places that have nothing in the way
> of logon problems that can't be traced to firewall rules and the error
> logs in those other places are totally clean with identical logging
> Any thoughts?
> Chris
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