[Samba] Very slow initial opening MS-Word and MS-Excel files from Samba

Aaron Kincer kincera at gmail.com
Thu Jun 14 21:00:06 GMT 2007

I fixed this by using the following in login scripts for every share 
each domain account was supposed to have:

net use driveletter: /delete
net use driverletter: \\newserver\newsharelocation

This fixed 99% of the invalid shares we had. There were a few people 
that had manually mapped drives. I just removed their mappings and added 
their mapped drives to their login scripts to set it correctly and that 
solved the issue.

I eventually turned this off after I was satisfied all bad mappings had 
been resolved. Of course, it was the complaint of a user who uses 
offline files heavily that really helped nudge me into turning it off. 
The delete command was mucking up his sync process when he logged in 
first thing in the morning. Offline files sync as soon as they possibly 
can. Login scripts continue run if they are taking a while to complete 
despite syncing. The whole delete and recreating of a share seems to 
take just long enough so that a share can be delete while syncing is 
going on. The sync process gets very moody when you take away its mapped 
drive during sync.

Jonathan Johnson wrote:
> Please review the Samba HOWTO, chapter 10, "Common Errors" where it 
> discusses this issue.
> http://us4.samba.org/samba/docs/man/Samba-HOWTO-Collection/NetworkBrowsing.html#id350945 
> Jonathan Johnson
> Sutinen Consulting, Inc.
> www.sutinen.com
> Aaron Kincer wrote:
>> Also, as others have mentioned, Windows and its applications can have 
>> long memories about servers contacted in the past. For example, the 
>> list of recently opened files.

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