[Samba] Outlook .pst on a samba share; do or don't?

John H Terpstra jht at samba.org
Wed Jun 11 04:00:57 GMT 2003

On Tue, 10 Jun 2003, Vizitiu, Ciprian wrote:

>  Hi listers.
>  People here are trying to push me into moving the Outlook .psts on a samba
> share for back-up reasons. I'd like to hear your experience about this: is
> it feasible in the size of 20 users with 400...800MB each .pst? Any special
> settings on samba side? Something special that I should pay attention to? Or
> is just "NO"?

It's OK to put the .pst files in a user share, just remember that
performance across the network is slower than to local hard disk.

If you leave the .pst file in the desktop profile then the whole profile
has to be copied across the network into a local profile cache, that can
be VERY slow also. Here the greater slowdown is the time taken to log onto
and off the network.

I prefer to put the .pst files in a user share (the user's home directory
is a good place). Check out the new Samba-3 HOWTO chapter on policies and
the one on profiles to find how to redirect your .pst file to a share.

John T.
John H Terpstra
Email: jht at samba.org

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