[Samba] Samba PDC and big files

Natxo Asenjo natxo.asenjo at gmail.com
Thu Jun 24 12:49:43 MDT 2010

On Thu, Jun 24, 2010 at 2:04 PM, Pedro Rafael Alves Simoes
<pedro.a.simoes at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello,
> I'm trying to setup a PDC with Samba, but I have the known problem of the
> roaming profiles: big files. I think it's difficult to guarantee that a
> inexperienced user will copy is downloaded files, documents, or whatever,
> to a H:\ share instead of is handy desktop. Other problem is the files of
> Outlook or Thunderbird that can get big. The goal is to avoid email
> configuration each time the user changes to another workstation, so I can't
> configure the email client to store the files locally on the workstation.

1. Do not store mail locally, you will lose mail if you do. Use a
central imap server for instance, it's also much easier for backups;

2. I set the user's desktop to readonly with cacls in the logon
scripts, problem solved (get yourself management's approval before you
try this, explain why it is necessary). If they do not want to listen
to you then ...

3. use folder redirection. This is harder to do in a pure samba 3
environment than in AD, but it is certainly doable. Soon, with samba 4
we will have all the group policy goodies :-)


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