[Samba] Roaming Profiles under Linux clients

Rowland Penny rpenny at f2s.com
Sat Oct 6 03:32:56 MDT 2012

On 06/10/12 10:14, Michael Wood wrote:
> On 5 October 2012 17:36, steve<steve at steve-ss.com>  wrote:
>> On 05/10/12 17:21, Michael Wood wrote:
>>> On 5 October 2012 13:14, steve<steve at steve-ss.com>  wrote:
>>> [...]
>>>> Hi
>>>> It's working here with Version 4.0.0rc3-GIT-56ffe75
>>>> All we do to set up the roaming profile on Linux is to add the attribute:
>>>> profilePath: \\server\profiles\steve2
>>>> to the user DN entry in LDAP.
>>>> and whilst we're there we also map his windows home directory to his
>>>> Linux
>>>> home directory:
>>>> homeDrive: Z:
>>>> homeDirectory: \\server\home\steve2
>>>> Make sure that the profiles share is writeable by the users. We chmod
>>>> 1777'd
>>>> it.
>>>> HTH
>>>> Steve
>>> I've never looked at this and don't need it now, but I'm interested.
>>> How is this implemented on client?
>> [...] Linux clients map whatever the [home]
>> share points at to the unixHomeDirectory attribute. The latter can use
>> either winbind or nslcd to pull the info from ldap.
>> Let me know if you need any more detail.
> That doesn't sound like a roaming profile at all.  As far as I
> understand it a roaming profile is copied to the client on login and
> copied/synced back to the server on logout.  I think that's what Mario
> and Denis are talking about.
> Is that possible on Linux clients?  If so, how is it implemented?
> With csync as Denis asked?
Hi, What you can do is use pam-mount to mount the users home directory 
from the server onto the Linux client, This is actually faster than 
roaming profiles as no data actually moves.

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