[Samba] Win box copying files to Linux via Samba - unwanted

Sean Kellogg skellogg at u.washington.edu
Sun Sep 7 20:51:11 GMT 2003

Steve - 

It sounds like you have roaming profiles setup...  although it doesn't
quite look like they are setup in your smb.conf file.  When roaming
profiles are setup, the win clients will transmit all the data you
mentioned to the samba PDC so that if you were to login from some other
win client, everything would appear the same.  Its a neat trick, but if
you don't want it...  then its best to disable it, because it can cause

The real question here is why is it happening.  In my smb.conf file, I
have to have the following to get roaming profiles up:

logon path = \\%L\profiles\%u

As well as a [profiles] share for the profiles to be saved.  The only
thing like that in your smb.conf file is your logon home directive.  I
might suggest dropping that.  While I don't have my Samba book here with
me, I'm pretty certain you don't need that if all you want is your home
directories to mount to the p: drive.  Keep the 'logon drive' directive,
and add the following share:

  read only = no
  browsable = no
  guest ok = no
  map archive = yes

Then dump the [steve] and [oracle] shares...  as the [homes] share will
auto generate them.

Hope that works,

On Sun, 2003-09-07 at 03:26, Stephen Roach wrote:
> Hi,
> Well, I've just set up Samba + goodies to get my Red Hat (lisa) and WinME
> (homer) boxes connected and it all seems to be going rather well...except for
> one thing.
> I'm not even sure if this is supposed to happen but here's the deal. First up,
> my smb.conf file...
> -------------------------------------------------------------------
> [global]
> 	domain logons = yes
> 	encrypt passwords = yes
> 	log file = /var/log/samba.log
> 	logon drive = p:
> 	logon home = \\lisa\%U
> 	netbios name = lisa
> 	os level = 99
> 	preferred master = yes
> 	security = user
> SO_SNDBUF=8192
> 	wins support = yes
> 	workgroup = MYHOME
> [public]
>        path = /usr/public
>        guest ok = yes
>        writeable = yes
> [steve]
>    comment = "Steve's home"
>    path = /home/steve
>    valid users = steve
>    public = no
>    writable = yes
>    printable = no
> [oracle]
>    comment = "Oracle's home"
>    path = /home/oracle
>    valid users = oracle
>    public = no
>    writable = yes
>    printable = no
> ----------------------------------------------------------
> I have two users set up on the ME box, steve & oracle.
> The first time I log in on the ME box as either user, a whole load of stuff (I
> believe is the technical term) is copied across the network to the linux home
> directory of the appropriate user (e.g. Directories; Application Data, Desktop,
> etc, containing what looks like user configuration data). Some of this is
> updated on logout.
> The question is, is this supposed to happen? I would prefer that Windows kept
> its files to itself unless I explicitly copy them over but, if it really is
> necessary, is it possible to direct this stuff to a sub-directory to keep it out
> of the way?
> If this is not a Samba question, can anyone point me at an appropriate froup.
> Any scathing remarks on the content of the smb.conf file would also be
> appreciated.
> Steve
> Steve Roach:
> steve_roach at attglobal.net
> 0417 847 502
Sean Kellogg
1st Year - UW Law School
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"When the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to treat everything as if it were a nail."
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