[Samba] best way to deal with Windows 7 (.V2) profiles?

Nick Couchman Nick.Couchman at seakr.com
Mon Aug 9 12:18:07 MDT 2010

>>> On 2010/08/09 at 11:25, Stefan Onken <support at stonki.de> wrote: 
> Hello,
> I have some users using sometimes Windows XP and sometimes Windows 7. In 
> my smb.comf I only have one profile section, now Samba is creating both 
> "profile" and "profile.V2" in the /home/<user> directory. Resulting in 
> using twice the disk space.
> 1) Is there any way to link them ?

No...version 1 profiles (anything pre-Vista) are completely incompatible with version 2 profiles (Vista and later).  You can make sure that the My Documents folder is not stored with the profile and is stored elsewhere on the network, and this should alleviate some of the disk space requirements.  But they cannot be linked or be in the same folder.

> 2) Do I need a profile.V2 section in my smb.conf?

If you want \\server\profile.V2 to point to /home/<user>/Profile.V2, yes, you'll need another section.  Basically, Vista and higher take your profile directory specified in your SAM (NT, Samba, or AD) database and just tack on the ".V2" to get the path of the new profile.


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