Besides: [Samba] Roaming profiles on a small network

Dirk Brenckmann Dirk.Brenckmann at
Mon Mar 15 09:15:05 GMT 2004

Hi all,

I don't know if it's of interest...

when we were using home or profile shares with outlook.pst
files, we had massive trouble with either shares breaking
away or *.pst files getting corrupted.
I can't tell the difference between shares of the [home]/[profile]
sections and standard shares [<...>] but we fixed the problem
by setting up individual user shares (one user == one section).
Appearently we don't have the trouble now, we had before...

CU Dirk

----- Original Message -----
From: Matthew Easton <info at>
Date: Monday, March 15, 2004 9:54 am
Subject: Re: [Samba] Roaming profiles on a small network

> On Sunday 14 March 2004 05:20, Matt Janes wrote:
>  Im having
> > great diffiuculty synching the data, email, etc on my laptop and 
> desktop,> so I thought I might configure samba to act as a DC and 
> use roaming
> > profiles to make sure that my data is always synched.  My 
> question is this:
> > is it worth the effort?  
> If you are using Outlook or Outlook Express for email, roaming 
> profiles in 
> their default configuration won't help you unless you are also 
> doing all your 
> mail via imap, (or perhaps running a corporate MS Exchange 
> server).  That's 
> because there is a hidden "Local Settings" folder in your profile 
> that does 
> not get synched with the server--- and that's where the email data 
> store 
> lives.  So you must move your outlook.pst file into "My Documents" 
> or 
> somewhere that DOES sync.  This can work with Outlook, but I'm not 
> sure 
> whether you can do this sort of thing with Outlook Express. And I 
> don't know 
> if this exposes you to a greater likelihood of data corruption 
> down the line.  
> Some other mail clients (Eudora for sure) will by default store 
> data in a 
> syncable location.
> Roaming profiles can be annoying when your computers are very 
> different from 
> each other -- On one or the other machine, you may have startup 
> items that 
> generate error messages, and task bar shortcuts that don't work, 
> for example.
> In my experience, roaming profile users occasionally find that 
> they are unable  
> to download or upload their profiles due to 'file in use' errors, 
> or filename 
> weirdness (usually netscape cache files, but also favorites, or 
> email 
> attachments.)  As the administrator of your LAN, you will be able 
> to resolve 
> these issues by moving or renaming the offending files so you 
> should consider 
> this a minor inconvenience rather than a deal-killer.
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