[Samba] Vista laptop in Samba 3.3.4 domain suddenly trying to use roaming profiles?

Gaiseric Vandal gaiseric.vandal at gmail.com
Mon Nov 23 12:16:55 MST 2009

This happened to us when we switched from TDB to LDAP backend.   (Samba 
3.03x)   I suspect that for some users sambaProfilePath may have had 
space  character but wasn't actually  null.   For some users we just 
deleted the sambaProfilePath attribute.

You may need to change the profile type on the users computer from 
roaming back to local.  (On XP, right-click My Computer-> 
Properties->Advanced->User Profiles.)

Login scripts could be several things
     -  share and file permissions for the netlogon directory should 
probably allow everyone read-only.
     -  I usually add a "pause" command in the login script when 
     -  You need to specify the logon script as part of the user's 
account.  (In LDAP, SambaLogonScript attribute  I don't think you can a 
default logon script.

 From an XP session, can you go to the netlogon share and run the logon 

On 11/23/09 10:03, David Whitney wrote:
> Grettings, all
> I have a bizarre problem on a laptop in my Samba 3.3.4 domain. This domain
> includes a mixture of XP Pro and Vista Ultimate clients.
> I had just completed a migration to this new domain (from a Samba 2.2.8a
> domain), and all seemed happy and well - machines had rebooted and were
> still active in the domain, users were logging in with no problem, shares
> were working perfectly - all over the span of a week or so - until last
> night.
> Trying to log into my wife's laptop (Vista Ultimate) under her account, I
> got an odd message that said "Your roaming profile was not completely
> synchronized. Please contact your administrator." The only problem is I am
> *not* using roaming profiles in my Samba domain! And this account had logged
> into the domain several times on this laptop with no problem after the
> migration.
> I looked on the home shares for the particular account, and surely enough
> there is the "profile.V2" folder indicating what I understand is the attempt
> by a Vista box to build a first-time Vista-style roaming profile on my
> Samba-defined user share. I logged in under a different account that has
> admin privs, and sure enough, it tried to load a roaming profile there, too.
> That told me, additionally, that Vista thought this was the first time this
> user had logged into that box/domain, which was obviously incorrect. The
> profiles for each user that had used until that point were on the machine,
> intact.
> I've changed the local policy on that box to disallow roaming profiles
> expressly, but now the local profiles that had been working just fine are no
> longer associated with their proper users, and I'm not sure how to restore
> the association (or even if I can). I can browse the machine remotely and
> copy the files from that local profile if I have to, but I'd like to avoid
> it.
> Could the learned folks here offer any suggestions on why this laptop would
> suddenly think it was supposed to use roaming profiles on my
> non-roaming-profile Samba domain? Is there some mystery setting in smb.conf
> I might possibly have set (or perhaps deleted??) that would leave Samba
> thinking was trying to use roaming profiles? Based on late-night research, I
> expressly set "logon path" to be blank in smb.conf, which is supposed to
> disable Samba roaming profiles. It had not been expressly set before. I have
> logged into a desktop box and it worked normally.
> Appreciate any thoughts or suggestions. The desktop boxes, so far, seem
> unaffected and are working normally. I'm thinking my next step is to copy
> the files from the particular profile in question, remove the machine from
> the domain, and then rejoin it, but I'm not sure I still won't have the same
> problem.
> The only other problem I've had in this migration was in getting logon
> scripts to work (which I never did), but I don't think this is related to
> that issue....and the fact that other than scripts the domain was working
> fine is what really has me puzzled.
> Any thoughts or suggestions appreciated.
> -David

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