[Samba] Re: PDC, BDCs - how do you synchronize roaming profiles?
mangoo at mch.one.pl
Sun Dec 12 13:15:21 GMT 2004
John H Terpstra wrote:
> NT4 does not
> replicate or synchronize desktop profiles - nor does Samba. Where on earth
> did you obtain the idea that this ought to happen?
Well, I know Samba doesn't replicate profiles.
I just asked what is the best way to do it.
> The notion that all roaming profiles are stored on a central server and that
> profiles are transferred over a wide-area link at login time is not one I
> have created. Where did you get such a notion? I would not call that silly,
> I'd call that insane and completely unworkable.
I got such a notion in one of replies to my post; which I criticized as
not very useful/possibly harmful.
> The answer is: Practice good account management. Locate the users' profile on
> a server close to where the user is - preferably on the same network segment.
> I a user roams across multiple network segments and the wide-area bandwith can
> not handle the roaming profile then do exempt that user from having a roaming
> profile and instead store the profile locally on the workstation (or
> notebook) that is used by this user.
Yes, this is why I asked my question. I want to introduce good account
But if there are two buildings, 2 minutes walk, connected by a 1 Mbit
VPN/WAN link, and users (students) need to use their profile in each
building (and they use different computers in different rooms, so can't
store profiles locally), I need some profile replication mechanism.
I thought of this approach:
- keep profile size to the minimum (20-30 megs),
- rsync changes of the profile to the other domain controllers when user
Do you think it's a good approach, or should I think of something else?
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