[Samba] what to do in worst case scenario: samba pdc not available

Ian samba at zestysoft.com
Thu Jan 12 22:05:27 GMT 2006

> Hi,
> my question no really concerns 100% to Samba but since I use Samba ...
> I use Samba 3.0.13 as an PDC and have about 40 WinXp Pro Clients.
> I was wondering what happens if the WinXP Pro Clients won´t have any
> connection to the Samba Server anymore. Maybye due an error in the
> network or the PDC died for some reason.
> Is there any way to quickly change the clients profile to a local
> profile? I don´t have profile roaming enabled. All I want is that the
> users can access/login to their profiles if the Samba PDC wouldnt be
> available anymore ....
> Thanks a lot
> regards,
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Try this:
Log into a workstation locally (not via the domain).
Create a local user on that workstation a la compmgmt.msc using the same
login name as the domain user.
copy the existing domain users's "documents and settings" contents into
the new users's "documents and settings" folder.
change ownership of any files in that folder so that the new user owns
them, or at least make sure that the new user has full rights to modify
all of those files.  cacls can take care of the rights for you easily
enough, although I prefer setacl http://setacl.sourceforge.net/ which can
change ownership as well.

Log out as admin, and log in as the local user.  See what happens.  :)

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