[Samba] Roaming Profiles not updating.

Andre de Koning andre at vippayroll.co.za
Tue Sep 16 06:38:42 GMT 2003

I upgraded to 2.2.8a a week ago and all hell broke loose with my roaming

What I eventually found I had to do to get them them working again was (some
of this is probably overkill as I was dumb enough not to save my server's
SID before upgrading):

1) Load sp3 on all my w2k machines.
2) remove them from the domain and re-join1
3) make sure them have administrative right to their own pc's (for the users
on terminal server I had to re-create their profiles?!)
4) If you have the profile saved on your dc (if you don't, in windows, go to
profiles and use the copy function to copy to your server's profile dir,
then delete it there), delete the c:\doc and...\user dir in windows and log
in again so it is re-copied to the client.
5) make sure the profile is owned by the user and that he's got correct
permissions to the profile share.

M$'s roaming profiles on w2k/xp seem pretty buggy to me (or is samba the
problem, i dont know?) so I would avoid it at all cost.  I'm using it myself
on about 500 clients and am kicking myself for doing this every day!


-----Original Message-----
From: samba-bounces+andre=vippayroll.co.za at lists.samba.org
[mailto:samba-bounces+andre=vippayroll.co.za at lists.samba.org]On Behalf
Of Kevin Anderson
Sent: 15 September 2003 07:45
To: samba at lists.samba.org
Subject: [Samba] Roaming Profiles not updating.

I'm finding our employees' roaming profiles are not being updated.  They
were initially created correctly, they copy down onto a new machine, but
updates are not put back onto the server.  I've also noticed that smbstatus
does not show any open dat files, such as ntuser.dat.  I would have assumed
that these files would have been held open while the client was connected.

Employees can sign in, sign out, there are no errors on the Win2K box or the
smbd or user samba logs, but changes are lost.  All employees are running
Win2K Desktops, Samba 2.2.8a as a PDC running on Gentoo.

Any advice would be appreciated.


#======================= Global Settings
workgroup = SCGC
netbios name = LINUX1
server string = Samba Server running %v as PDC
log file = /var/log/samba/log.%m
max log size = 500
security = user
encrypt passwords = yes
smb passwd file = /etc/samba/private/smbpasswd
unix password sync = Yes
passwd program = /usr/bin/passwd %u
passwd chat = *New*UNIX*password* %n\n *Retype*new*UNIX*password* %n\n
winbind uid = 10000-20000
winbind gid = 10000-20000
template homedir = /home/%U
socket options = TCP_NODELAY SO_RCVBUF=8192 SO_SNDBUF=8192
remote announce =
os level = 75
domain master = yes
preferred master = yes
domain logons = yes
logon script = %U.bat
logon drive = U:
logon path = \\LINUX1\Profiles\%U
add user script = /usr/sbin/useradd -d /dev/null -g machines -c 'Desktop
PC' -s /bin/false -M %u
domain admin group = root @wheel kanderson iporter dpope ccozias mrobinson
mhayes jmcghee dolson dkeay cbarotta cbarrotta ironleaf amustafa
name resolve order = wins lmhosts host bcast
wins support = yes
dns proxy = no

#============================ Share Definitions
comment = Home Directories
browseable = no
writable = yes
vfs object = /usr/lib/samba/vfs/recycle.so
vfs options = /etc/samba/homes.recycle.conf
comment = Network Logon Service
path = /home/netlogon
guest ok = yes
writable = no
path = /home/Profiles/
browseable = yes
guest ok = yes
writable = yes
comment = Software Installation Files
path = /home/Software
write list = root kanderson
create mask = 0770
force group = lg_scgc
vfs object = /usr/lib/samba/vfs/recycle.so
vfs options = /etc/samba/Software.recycle.conf
comment = Shared Directories for everyone
path = /home/Shared
create mask = 0770
writable = yes
force group = lg_scgc
vfs object = /usr/lib/samba/vfs/recycle.so
vfs options = /etc/samba/Shared.recycle.conf
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