[K12OSN] Roaming Mozilla Profiles (Was: Management--in regards to IE requirement)

Ben Mabbott bmabbott at riverdale.k12.or.us
Mon May 24 16:56:12 UTC 2004

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Les Bell wrote:

| With roaming profiles, Terrell? We used to use Netscape 7.1, but when I
| introduced roaming profiles, the problems with NS started, and I couldn't
| find a way around it. The Mozilla website certainly states that Moz
| support roaming profiles. However, I'm hopeful that Firefox might be
| better, as IE has been troublesome

For what it's worth, right now I'm browsing with Firefox, and it's
pulling its profile from my Win2K roaming profile. It's worked this way
from day one on Phoenix/Firebird/Firefox, and Mozilla before that.

When they say Mozilla doesn't support "roaming profiles" what they mean
is that the mozilla profile can't move from computer to computer
independently. All it can do is save the profile on the local machine.
However, that's not the whole story. If you're using roaming windows
profiles, the mozilla profile, along with the profile of every other
program that saves one, will be copied to the server whenever a user
logs out. And it will be copied to the local machine from the server
whenever a user logs in, meaning the mozilla profile will "roam" to any
computer a user logs in to.

Of course, for this to work, you need to be using roaming Windows
profiles on your network. For this we use a Samba server running as a
domain controller, which handles profiles for Win9X and Win2K/XP. Works
like a charm :)

- -Ben

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