[Samba] Roaming Profiles

John H Terpstra jht at Samba.Org
Tue Nov 9 16:50:33 GMT 2004


Given how many MS Windows sites use roaming profiles it is safe to say that it 
is stable enough.

Do you mean is Samba stable enough? Well again, we have a huge number of 
users, I'd say it is.

OK. So if you mean does Samba handle profile in a stable manner? Samba does 
not handle profiles - the Windows client does. The windows client reads the 
users' profile from the profile share and writes it back on logout. 

I have set up hundreds of sites that use roaming profiles with a Samba domain 
controller - so far none have had any problems. That does not means that 
problems do not exist, but if they do the users have not noticed them or are 
too reluctant to report them. I'll leave that to your interpretation.

Pitfalls? Well, if you follow Chapter 6 of the Samba-3 By Example book and you 
have a problem I'll help you to solve it - so far as the problem is capable 
of being solved.

Oh, if you do not want to buy the book - download it for free from

John T.

On Tuesday 09 November 2004 09:05, Joe Aldeguer wrote:
> I'm mulling over the idea of replacing my Win 2k MS AD using Samba. But
> I'd like to retain roaming profile capability for all my users. Based on
> your experience is it stable enough to implement for a production
> environment?
> I have only 30 using Win 2k Pro and some XP.
> What are the pit falls I need to look out for?
> Thank you!
> Joe

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