[Samba] samba ad, windows machines, roaming profiles: empty Start menu at first login?

Achim Gottinger achim at ag-web.biz
Fri Sep 15 13:20:42 UTC 2023

Am 14.09.2023 um 13:22 schrieb Michael Tokarev via samba:
> Hi!
> For quite a while I wanted to ask this question, so here it goes.
> We've a samba-based AD (installed on samba 4.13, now running on 4.17,
> but this does not seem to matter), with AD-DC and a separate File Server
> (FS). The FS holed user roaming profiles which gets syncronized to/from
> windows computers upon user login/logout the usual way.
> When there's no (old) user profile copy stored on a windows computer,
> after user logs in (which is somewhat slow since the profile is being
> copied from FS), their start menu is completely empty, - there's nothing
> in there besides the "Settings" link.  No installed programs are shown
> up.
> After logout and on the next login (so when the login happens when this
> user profile already exists on the computer, it only needs to be updated),
> the start menu is shown as it should be, complete with all installed
> programs.
> I haven't seen something similar on a windows-based DC.  Unfortunately
> I can't tell if it is samba-DC-related or samba-fileserver-related, -
> don't have partial environment to test.  Maybe I should try creating
> a test AD with 3 computers to experiment.
> Windows currently is 10 22H2 (ltsc), the same behavior has been observed
> with previous ltsc (1801 iirc), and - I *think* - win7 behaved the same
> way too, but I'm not sure about this.
> Has anyone seen this?  How user profiles work on your samba-based AD?
I'm not seeing your issue. But we use an default domain user profile and openshell as an menu replacement.

> Thanks,
> /mjt

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