[Samba] How to recover: Lost /var/lib/samba/profiles restoring from disk crash

marvin public.marvin at gmail.com
Tue Jan 9 03:44:15 GMT 2007

I had configured a linux server as a PDC for my home network with a 
couple windows boxes.
I had a disk crash, and recovered all of my configuration from backups.  
I installed fc6 instead of fc4, with whatever samba came along with it 
(3.0.23c).  But somewhere along the line I realized that I had no 
backups of /var since I long ago learned that /var was for stuff that 
you don't need to backup (sic).

Now /var/lib/samba/profiles should contain my roaming profile, but when 
I log on to a windows box it says it can't locate my remote profile (not 
surprisingly).  Is there a way to reconstruct the profiles directory 
contents by copying my NTuser.dat from the windows box, or something? 

 Here are the (I think) relevant parts of my configuration:

    netbios name = TERMITA
    workgroup = AURORAHIGHLANDS
    wins support = yes
    passdb backend = smbpasswd
    os level = 33
    security = user
        time server = yes
    preferred master = yes
    domain master = yes
    local master = yes
    domain logons = yes
    logon path = \\server\profiles\%U
    logon drive = H:
    logon home = \\server\share\%U
    logon script = logon.cmd
    server string = Share Server
    add user script = /usr/sbin/useradd -d /dev/null -g 5000 -s 
/bin/false -M %u
    hosts allow = 192.168.1. 127.
    interfaces =
    path = /var/lib/samba/netlogon
    read only = yes
    write list = ntadmin

    path = /var/lib/samba/profiles
    writeable = yes
    create mask = 0600
    directory mask = 0700
    valid users = user1,user2



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