[Samba] XP/W2K on Samba 3

B_Kloss b_kloss at web.de
Tue Oct 3 14:09:48 GMT 2006

Okay, let me try to explain it the simple way as I understand it.
We are running a debian-server with debian-clients and also a mixture of 
WIN98SE, WIN2000 and XP-clients. Users are logging in from all these four 
types of clients. They have one personal share on /home/username accessible 
from all types of clients (via SAMBA for WinXXXX-clients).
This is working fine, but as soon as a user is logging into the domain on one 
of the WIN2000 or XP-clients for the first time on this client, the client is 
creating a local user-directory.

In a first step I would like to avoid this creating of local user-directories, 
because after a while each user has a local home-directory on every 
win2000/XP-client. Opening the explorer he should only find one home 
directory, which is his samba-share on the server.

In a second step it would be great, if he is trying to save data, WORD or what 
ever automatically offers the users samba-share for saving data.

What I do not want to offer is a personal desktop that is available from every 
computer he is logging in. I want to have the Win2000 or XPdesktop the same 
for all users. They can use the Linux-KDE-computers if they want their own 

How can this be achieved?
Thank you for helping.

Am Dienstag, 3. Oktober 2006 15:09 schrieb Aaron Kincer:
> I am not sure from Bernd's email what he is trying to accomplish, but
> there are things to consider if you are trying to do roaming profiles.
> With the volume of data often stored in today's profile, it is
> non-trivial to enable this option and I do not recommend doing so for
> the average user. There are other ways to accomplish some of the
> benefits of profiles without the mess.
> The first thing is to decide what you want to accomplish and then find
> the solution that best fits those needs.
> Bruno Rodrigues Neves wrote:
> > Greetings!
> >
> > So Bernd, previously I wanted do the same, but I didn´t get success
> > because the profiles from Windows 2000 and Windows XP are differents
> > (when a user logs in on a Windows 2000 and after that he tries to log
> > in on a Windows XP, it returns some errors)...
> >
> > But, if you want, you can look for the "profiles section" that will
> > avoid you do that.
> >
> > When you configure it with this option, the Windows client will use
> > remote profiles automagically! : )
> >
> > [ ]´s
> >
> > On 10/3/06, Bernd Kloss <B_Kloss at web.de> wrote:
> >> Hello,
> >>
> >> maybe it is not the right place to ask Windows-related questions, but
> >> i'll give it a try.
> >>
> >> I am running a Debian-Etch-Server with Samba 3 and Windows2000 and
> >> XP-clients.
> >> Everything is working fine except:
> >>
> >> For every user logging in from a Win-client, the client generates a
> >> local user-profile and local user-directories.
> >>
> >> What has to be done within Samba and what has to be done on the clients
> >> to avoid that and get all userdata stored in the user's share.
> >>
> >> Thank you!
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