[Samba] Roaming Profiles:Samba PDC:WinXP:User must be local admin

Tom Skeren tms3 at fskklaw.com
Tue Sep 28 14:26:46 GMT 2004

sith lord wrote:

> I'm having a problem with Roaming profiles in Windows XP with Samba as 
> PDC.  I've googled and trolled the mailing lists and read the Samba 
> documentation.
> Problem:
> User logs onto domain from WinXP client and profile is downloaded (you 
> can tell because it takes a long time and lights on hub are lit up).  
> However, unless that user is in the admin group locally, all/some of 
> the profile isn't loaded.  eg, Desktop wallpaper, WinXP theme,  start 
> menu settings, etc. are not loaded.  No error is given.  No cached or 
> default profile is loaded.   If user is added to local admin group 
> before-hand. everything is O.K.  If user is subsequently removed from 
> admin group, problem happens again at next login. 

I have EXACTLY the same problem!!!!


> What I've tried:
> Upgrade Samba from 2.2 to 3 (currently 3.0.7).
> Set the "Check ownership of profile" option to "disabled" on WinXP 
> client local policy (grpedit.msc)
> Check ownership and permissisions on the samba server (though these 
> still might not be set properly).
> System configuration:
> Server:
> RH9 (all packages updated)
> Samba 3.0.7 (from rpm) (problem happened with 2.2 as well)
> I would post smb.conf, but I don't have it right now.  I can post it 
> later, though.
> Clients:
> WinXP Pro SP2 (problem happened with pre sp1, & sp1a as well).
> I'm not sure if this is an issue with on the samba/linux end or the 
> win xp client end.  The same problem happens on both of my win xp 
> clients.  If it is on the samba end, I'm wondering if it's related to 
> ownership/permissions not being quite right.   It is as if being admin 
> on the local box allows you to override whatever the problem is.
> Any help is appreciated.  I'll post more info along with smb.conf if 
> anyone wants to see it.
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