[Samba] Profiles ...
erwin.zierler at stubainet.at
Wed Jan 15 15:11:00 GMT 2003
At 16:24 15.01.2003 +0200, you wrote:
> This is a stupid question which have been wanting to ask for
> awhile, and hope somebody can help me.
It's not stupid but it has been answerd many times ;-) Searching the
archives for keywords like 'roaming' and/or 'profile' will give you
mayne useful information.
> Profiles, if I understand it correctly come in two forms, local
> and roaming? Now local in on the computer the user uses and roaming is
> one that is download from the server when the user logs in.
> Now, where my problem is, when I have some users who have huge
> documents folder, this log on and log off takes a long time, not mention
> the problems I have run into when their computer is turn off
> incorrectly. I am sure this is a Micro$oftism, but is there a way to use
> roaming profiles, but have then use directly off the server and not
> copied to and from the server at login and logout?
What I would maybe do first is set up a policy for those users to NOT
abuse these folders for storing such huge amount of data. Give them
a HOME on the server (if you want these data to be backup up etc.) or
tell them to use a certain directory on their machines OUTSIDE of
If I understood it correctly there several different strategies you can follow
to prevent huge amounts of data being copied back and forth during
logon/off. One suggestion came from Patrick Gunerud slu at firerun.net:
"Just change the logon path option in your smb.conf to "logon path = ".
When there is no path set this will make the windows clients store the
profiles locally. "
Another tip from John Terpstra:
If you want to use roaming profiles (good idea!), then it is essential that
profiles be managed. It is also important that all desktop tools and
service be configured in such a way that the profile environment remains
manageable. A good way to enforce this is trough the use of mandatory
profiles (ie: ones that the user can not change). This prevents the growth
in size of the profile. Oh yes, it also forces the site to manage the
network more carefully. "
And for the third one search the archive for the thread "Profiles and Win2000",
there are several useful suggestions regarding your problem.
You are welcome ;-)
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