[Samba] roaming profiles, not roaming

SAMBA letz_samba at realmspace.com
Tue Nov 22 00:28:18 GMT 2005

I can think of one thing:

Was the profile originally pushed to the server?
      1) set profile to local (not roaming)
      2) log on as user from client desktop (winxp pro or win2k wks) to 
         create initial profile.
      3) log off client desktop as user
      4) set profile to roaming
      5) log on same client desktop as admin (acct that is 
         member of domain admins)
      6) right click "My Computer", select properties, 
      7) select advanced tab.
      8) in "User Profiles" area, select "Settings..."
      9) change type to roaming, click OK (this pushes profile to

Generally I do not like roaming profiles, as (1) log-ons can take
forever, (2) there is no smooth way to automate this, as initial profile
MUST be created on client desktop, (3) incompatibilities between Win2K
and WinXP as settings are different.

A much smoother way is to use Group Policy Objects and redirect desktop,
my documents, local settings, etc. to a folder, e.g.
\\server\userdocs\%username%.  The problem with the later, is that
Favorites are not redirected, but you can do this but created a remote
folder in IE settings, which is in a user home folder, e.g.
\\server\userdocs\%username%\favorites.  It's more complicated, but the
performance gain is there, and there's automation through GPO.  The
favorites is something that MS overlooked. Alternatively you can create
logon/logoff scripts that synchronize something like "C:\Documents and
Settings\letz_samba\Favorites".  With Mozilla Firefox, this is not
needed as bookmarks in in the Application Data folder.

 - joaquin

-----Original Message-----
From: samba-bounces+letz_samba=realmspace.com at lists.samba.org
[mailto:samba-bounces+letz_samba=realmspace.com at lists.samba.org] On
Behalf Of Jack Mendez
Sent: Monday, November 21, 2005 3:21 PM
To: Craig White
Cc: samba at lists.samba.org
Subject: Re: [Samba] roaming profiles, not roaming

the profiles get saved ack to the samba machine no problem, its just
the user moves to a different machine that the correct profiles does not
get downloaded
the profiles are owned by username.group.
On Mon, November 21, 2005 5:27 pm, Craig White said:
> On Mon, 2005-11-21 at 13:48 -0500, Jack Mendez wrote:
>> using samba v3 windows xp sp2 clients.
>> i have profiles working to some extent, that is when i create a new
>> on the server, when that user logs in, the profile gets downloaded
>> the server from the /etc/netlogon/default user directory.
>> any customizations that the user makes work just fine and get saved
>> the
>> profiles share under profiles/username
>> when the user tries to go to a different machine the settings and
>> do
>> not get downloaded from the server.
>> it is only when the user logs into the first system do the changes
>> back are visible.
>> any ideas?
>>  here are the sections for profiles from the smb.conf
>> logon path = \\%L\profiles\%U
>>         logon drive = G:
>>         logon home = \\%L\%U
>> [profiles]
>>         path = /profiles/
>>         dos file mode = Yes
>>         read only = No
>>         writable = yes
>>         create mode = 0600
>>         directory mode = 0700
>>         browseable = yes
>>         profile acls = yes
> -----
> hopefully, 'ls -ld' /profiles should have group set to something like
> whatever groupmaps to "Domain Users" and that group also has 'w' write
> privileges so that the user profile can be updated on server.
> example...
> # grep profiles /etc/samba/smb.conf
>         path = /home/samba/profiles
> # ls -ld /home/samba/profiles/
> drwxrwxr-x  2 root dom_users 4096 Nov 11 14:47 /home/samba/profiles/
> [root at srv1 postfix]# net groupmap list |grep "Domain Users"
> dom_users
> Craig
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