[Samba] Samba & Outlook Express

Chris Tepaske chris at lincom.net.au
Thu Apr 15 09:34:47 GMT 2004

Your question isn't a Samba question but really how to manage you email,
first of all when you use outlook I believe all your email data PST files
etc are stored as part of your profile but XP doesn't copy that to the
server as part of your roaming profile mainly because the files can get very
large. This could then cause major delays when logon on to the network as
the files are copied down to the workstation, even if you manipulated the
setting and got it to save as part of roaming profile and ignored the log
login times. You probably find that your profile gets corrupted over time. 

I would use a local mail server based on maybe postfix or Exim with UW IMAP
either use fetchmail to get your email from your free provider or setup DNS
and MX to deliver straight to it doesn't matter. Use IMAP and point outlook
to it and for home access I would setup something like squirrel mail which
is a web front end.

Keep you profile as small as you can.


Chris Tepaske

-----Original Message-----
From: Matthias Spork [mailto:hallo at matthiasspork.de] 
Sent: Wednesday, 14 April 2004 10:41 PM
To: Ninja
Cc: samba at lists.samba.org
Subject: Re: [Samba] Samba & Outlook Express

Ninja schrieb:

> I will go to explain my situation: I have to set up a little net (max 15
> clients, with Windows and Linux OS) for a school; they need that in every
> host of the net if they log in as "FOO" they can use "FOO"'s preferences,
> and maybe have some restriction for "student user". In particular for a
> "teacher" they want to be able to read their emails and get access to them
> in every computer they log in... To make this plain I have use samba as a
> PDC with roaming profiles, and I use poledit to create different policy
> files for every groups (I'm still working on it).
> Because the "teachers" would be little in number and because only a
> "teacher" would have an email account (with a free provider,probably
> different), I think that set up an Imap server is not a good solution
> because a teacher maybe would read the email at home)... I think I will
> the default setup of Outlook that save a file in the user directory, that
> then stored in the server, and setup Outlook to leave on the server the
> emails....
> What do you think??
> Thanks to everyone is helping me!!
>>-----Original Message-----
>>From: samba-bounces+ninja=leet.it at lists.samba.org 
>>[mailto:samba-bounces+ninja=leet.it at lists.samba.org] On 
>>Behalf Of Alexander Gretencord
>>Sent: Tuesday, April 13, 2004 9:21 PM
>>To: samba at lists.samba.org
>>Subject: Re: [Samba] Samba & Outlook Express
>>On Tuesday 13 April 2004 18:46, Ninja wrote:
>>>I'm agree with you, but not always you can use an Imap 
>>server, an usually
>>>who gives you an e-mail account for free gives only an Pop3 
>>Yes indeed that is mostly true. But why do you use those anyway? As I 
>>understood you, you are trying to set up a PDC with samba (or 
>>even already 
>>have one) so I assume this is for a company. This company can 
>>surely either
>>a) afford a service Provider which offers IMAP
>>b) afford to run its own mailserver
>>c) run its own IMAP Server off the samba PDC
>>In case c) your server must of course fetch all the mail from 
>>the freemail 
>>provider. I do that for my own freemail accounts at home with 
>>fetchmail. It 
>>was born out of the need to read mail in Windows and Linux 
>>while I was still 
>>dual booting so yes this is so easy to setup, I did it as a 
>>linux newbie :)
>>As I don't know anything about your organisation I don't know 
>>how feasible 
>>that is for you or how much work it would be to set up fetchmails 
>>configuration in a changing environment but hey this is linux 
>>and we got 
>>scripting languages :)
>>If you are just looking for another mail Client, try out 
>>Mozilla Thunderbird, 
>>you can define the profile path. I have never tested storing 
>>it on a samba 
>>share though, as IMAP is the definite answer.

Why don't you use an other mailclient?
I guess Mozilla Thunderbird stores all Data in "Application Data". This 
folder will be stored on the server.


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