[Samba] Samba 4 roaming profiles

steve steve at steve-ss.com
Wed Dec 21 10:53:23 MST 2011

Hi everyone

This is our first proper test of Samba 4 and we've been up with an 
opensuse server, an ubuntu client, an opensuse client and a win 7 
client. 24 hours without a problem:)

1. We have got as far as deciding where roaming profiles should go. In 
3.6 we had them inside the users home folder. Someone said that was not 
good. Going with the Samba 4 wiki, we put them in 
/usr/local/samba/var/profiles and used the microsoft remote directory 
tool to set everyone's profile to that folder. It worked well and the 
permissions are set correctly too.

Does it really matter where they are stored?

2, We used likewise to join the Linux boxes to the domain. The Linux 
Desktop however seems to be stored locally by likewise. It is not 
available as a windows roaming profile. e.g. creating a file on the 
ubuntu desktop makes the file unavailable on either the opensuse or win 
7 client.

I think that this has something to do with group policy. Before I 
investigate further could anyone confirm whether it is possible to have 
something like roaming profiles for Linux?


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