[Samba] roaming profile doubles in size at client logout

buhorojo buhorojo.lcb at gmail.com
Tue Apr 28 14:33:12 MDT 2015

On 28/04/15 22:03, Andrey Repin wrote:
> Greetings, claudiu vasadi!
>> I've connected a Windows 7 client and logged in with a roaming profile
>> user, copied some 4GB of data in the profile and logged out. Surely enough,
>> the data was synchronized but when I login and logout again, the profile
>> gets copied on the samba server in full versus just the modified data.
>> For instance, if the profile on the server has 4GB and I logout from the
>> client, the profile will grow up to 8GB and then drop down to 4GB (in case
>> no new data get's added meanwhile). This looks to me like instead of doing
>> an incremental diff, the whole profile get's copied and then compared and
>> the same data deleted.
>> Is there some setting that I'm missing in the conf or is this normal?
> This is, unfortunately, "normal". As much as the Microsoft's definition of
> "normality" goes.
> What I'm doing is I'm excluding local Documents and a number of other folders
> from profile sync (through GPO) and then doing a manual rsync in background
> every now and then. That is for folders that are not located in the network
> already.
> This also helps with profile size that is getting copied back and forth
> between server and client. 4Gb multiplied by sixteen users… I don't want to
> see it happening to my network.
Redirecting say the Desktop folder (if you have a lot of stuff there) 
eases the back and forth copying and speeds up logins. It''s easy to do 
via a GPO.

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