[Samba] Best practice in small office

Russell Horn albanach at gmail.com
Wed Sep 28 10:00:19 GMT 2005

Hi folks,

I've been reading the definitive guide to samba3 and Samba3 by example as
well as scouring on line for advice. Sometimes however I find different
suggested solutions to the same problem, so perhaps the list can give me
some help with current strategies for these issues.

We are a small office and are currently going through an IT refurb.
Previously we've had a mix of laptops and desktops running Win2k or WinXP
with roaming profiles on samba 2.2.3

This has worked pretty well, people tend not to change computer but thee
roaming profile has been of help in a couple of hard disk crashes.

Our new setup is all XP and mainly desktops - about 15 of them with just
three laptop users. My thought is to stick with roaming profiles and
configure the desktops not to save the profile data - that should let users
swap machines if one dies and at the same tme not leave huge chunks of other
users' data on the hard disk. Is that a reasonable strategy?

Does it make sense to map My Documents to the user's home folder or is there
a benefit to bringing their entire profile over the network at the start of
the session then copying it back when they log off?

Will I see any great benefit from upgrading to Samba3 or should I stick with
what works?

We have a couple of laptops that I'd like users to be able to check out if
they do need to work outside the office. Ideally I'd like them to be able to
ge their data onto the laptop and remove it when they finish using it after
a few days. Is there a sensible way to do this with samba or is this really
a task for a VPN connection?

Final issue is Outlook. If I remember correctly, it doesn't like PST files
living on a Samba share. What's the best way for me to deal with these big
PST files.

As I mentioned we're a relatively small office. We're also running gigabit
to the desktops and laptops, so I'm not too concerned about shifting pretty
large quantities of data if that makes a difference to how we should

Any thoughts or advice would be really appreciated.


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