[Samba] LocalWinProfiles

Bruno Guerreiro bruno.guerreiro at ine.pt
Wed Jun 22 13:45:29 GMT 2005

For you first question: 
Since you can have two users with the same name, one local and one belonging
to a (or more) domain, and since their profiles are different(the SID's are
differente for sure), they can't share the same profile. The only profile
shared is the "All users" profile. So windows just creates user.domain, and
in some conditions it even adds a nnnn (0000 to 9999) field.
For your second question:
Don't think that you can, but here you can use a really big security bug (
feature?) in windows.
If the PDC is down, just remove the network cable, and try to login... 
Windows will log you in with your locally cached information.
Of course for this to work, you must have logged in to that client at least
Hope this helps,

Best Regards,
Bruno Guerreiro

-----Original Message-----
From: Tamas Hegedus [mailto:hegedus at med.unc.edu]
Sent: quarta-feira, 22 de Junho de 2005 14:32
To: samba at lists.samba.org
Subject: [Samba] LocalWinProfiles


I do not know if the following is a samba or windows question. It seems 
to be samba question, and I do not know windows and any windows mailing 
list... (But I am pretty sure if I ask the local IT persons, they will 
say it is samba...)

I have a windowsXP computer in my win domain (planning to have more XP 
and win2000) and a linux server with samba. Samba is PDC, win profiles 
are not stored on the server.

I was running samba 3.0.10 for two days. If I remember well during this 
period the local files were stored in C:/Documents and Settings/username
If I created a local user with the same name and logged in to to this 
user the same folder was used. (Great for laptops or in situation when 
the PDC is down.)

But I noticed some error messages in the log (now I know they were not 
important), so I upgraded to samba 3.0.14a. Now the Domain User (local) 
profiles are stored in the C:/Documents and Settings/username.DOMAINNAME 
folder. ???

What does make this difference? How can I have a domain and a local user 
with the same name and profile?

Thanks for your help in advance,

Tamas Hegedus               | phone: (1) 919-966 0329
UNC - Biochem & Biophys     | fax:   (1) 919-966 5178
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Chapel Hill, NC, 27599-7248 | http://riordans.med.unc.edu
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