[Samba] [OT] Outlook and roaming profiles?

Rubin Bennett rbennett at thatitguy.com
Thu Nov 20 21:41:20 GMT 2008

On Thu, 2008-11-20 at 22:02 +0100, Martin Konold wrote:
> Am Donnerstag, 20. November 2008 21:36:17 schrieb Thierry Lacoste:
> Hi,
> > Are there any recommandations about the maximum size of a pst file
> > hosted on a samba server ?
> Simply don't do it. There are technical reasons why this is unreliable, 
> dangerious and generally not recommended.
> see also:
> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/297019
> http://blogs.technet.com/askperf/archive/2007/01/21/network-stored-pst-files-
> don-t-do-it.aspx
> Actually things are even worse than the above mentioned articles may make you 
> think. Deadlocks and dataloss are part of the problem.
> I propose to look into a imap server based solution like Kolab www.kolab.org.
> Regards,
> -- martin
I'm assuming this question is driven by your usage of Outlook against a POP server or something like that?  The easiest and best way to get around this is to not user POP3, and deploy a proper IMAP or MAPI server.
Courier, Dovecot and Cyrus all do IMAP but Outlook is a lousy IMAP client.  My favorite way to address this need (implying that I actually think Outlook, for all it's technical flaws, is a good tool from a user perspective) is to deploy Scalix as the mailserver.  If you're running a small network (under 10 Outlook users), Scalix is free and it works *very well*.
We use it here, and we have client machines running Windows Vista/ Oulook 2007, Linux/ Evolution and Linux/ Kontact (KMail) and they all work great.

Rubin Bennett
rbTechnologies, LLC
80 Carleton Boulevard
East Montpelier, VT 05651


"Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too."
  Voltaire, Essay on Tolerance
  French author, humanist, rationalist, & satirist (1694 - 1778)

More information about the samba mailing list