[Samba] folder redirecting for non-roaming users - is it reasonable?
mangoo at interia.pl
Tue Feb 1 19:53:03 GMT 2005
I have non-roaming users (that is, they have their own PC / place where
they sit and they don't change it).
They use roaming profiles though - mainly because the profile is
uploaded to the server, and then uploaded as a backup somewhere else.
Now one of our IT staff is forcing the idea that these non-roaming users
should have mad folder redirecting (that is, keep My documents and other
folders on a server).
There are some contras:
- lost connectivity to the server and user can't work anymore,
- users' "computer experience" will be generally slower - some of the
users have 100 MB data in My documents,
- sometimes user can loose data if a program has an open document from
the server, the connectivity is lost, and program can't handle it,
- some of the users use a common login and password (it's sort of public
services institution - which means if student A has some data in My
documents (which is on the server), student B can see it/delete it (as
it's also on the server and they use the same login/password)
as well as a few pros:
- if there is a problem - for example, profiles are not being uploaded
to the server after user logged out - we know about it immediately,
because the user calls and complains - which means we don't backup
something that is out of sync (users keeps fresh up-to-date data on
his/her PC; and we back up an outdated roaming profile which is on the
- we can actively fight against viruses: now a virus scanner scanns user
profiles on the server, but even if it detects a virus and removes it,
it appears again (as it is still on user's PC); with profiles kept
partially on the server, this would not be the case?
What do you think?
Should we use folder redirecting for non-roaming users which have their
own PCs, or not?
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