[Samba] roaming profiles

Adam Williams awilliam at mdah.state.ms.us
Tue Feb 5 14:36:39 GMT 2008

windows xp/samba looks at the timestamp on NTUSER.DAT in your 
c:\documents and settings directory and the \\server\profiles\username 
share on the server, whichever is newer is what gets loaded.  XP caches 
log in credentials, so you are on the road using your notebook with your 
cached profile.  the timestamp on NTUSER.DAT is newer then when you are 
back on your local network, so your profile on your notebook is loaded, 
and when you log out, this newer profile is written to the file server.

its not that confusing, have your server domain logins = yes, os level = 
33, and setup the logon path, logon drive, and logon home settings, and 
creat /var/lib/samba/profiles and /var/lib/samba/netlogon directories.  
look at examples 2.3.7 and 2.3.8 in the official samba 3.2.x howto and 
reference guide pdf.

ml at bortal.de wrote:
> Hello List,
> i would like to use a Laptop in my Samba Network (PDC).
> Where can i read up on roaming profiles and how to get it working?
> My aim is that u can just unplug my laptop from my network, travel 
> around the world and plug it back in.
> It should then NOT load the saved profile from the server and 
> overwrite my changes i did offline.
> Can someone recommend a easy and good to read howto? The Samba Manual 
> was rather confising :)
> Thanks, Mario

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