[Samba] roaming profile doubles in size at client logout

claudiu vasadi claudiu.vasadi at gmail.com
Tue Apr 28 14:18:36 MDT 2015

Hello all,

I repeated the same test with a windows 2012 server and oddly enough, the
profile folder of the user did not double in size; actually it did not even
grow over the 4GB size of the client (same computer, same 1x 4GB iso on

I think that excluding certain folders and running background rsync's
breaks the whole concept of roaming profiles and would prefer, if possible
at all, avoiding it all together.

Does samba 3.x behave the same?

PS: Surely enough, MIcrosoft's normality is something I've grown weary of.

On Tue, Apr 28, 2015 at 10:03 PM, Andrey Repin <anrdaemon at yandex.ru> 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.
> --
> With best regards,
> Andrey Repin
> Tuesday, April 28, 2015 22:58:35
> Sorry for my terrible english...

Best regards,
Claudiu Vasadi

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