[Samba] roaming profile doubles in size at client logout

claudiu vasadi claudiu.vasadi at gmail.com
Wed Apr 29 00:57:40 MDT 2015

AFAIK one cannot use folder redirection if the samba server is offline. Or
am I wrong?

On Wed, Apr 29, 2015 at 2:24 AM, <miguelmedalha at sapo.pt> wrote:

>>  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.
>>  (...)
>> 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.
> Roaming profiles are, generally speaking, outdated technology. Folder
> redirection is much more effective. It covers most of the benefits of
> roaming profiles without the penalties.

Best regards,
Claudiu Vasadi

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