[Samba] XP/W2K on Samba 3

Peter Ulrich Kruppa kruppa at pukruppa.net
Tue Oct 3 17:46:17 GMT 2006

On Tue, 3 Oct 2006, B_Kloss wrote:

> 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.
Are you sure this is a problem? 
As long as you have enough diskspace, I don't see what should be 
wrong about that. All your users have to know is, that they have 
to save their work in their home shares to make it accessible 
from all machines. And your Linux Boxes can't use Windows 
profiles anyway.



> 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
> desktop.
> 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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