[K12OSN] YAHOO! Roaming profiles fixed in smbldap-installer...now admin quirks

Tom Astle tom at pcc.com
Mon Feb 7 21:19:00 UTC 2005

David Trask wrote:
> Yahoo!  I figured out the roaming profiles issue (I hate when they change
> something and don't tell me) ;-)  It's a simple matter of changing the
> Samba config for homes and profiles in smbldap.conf to contain %U
> (username variable) at the end.  Evidently that's neccessary in the new
> version, however was not necessary in 0.84 of smbldap-tools.  So....I just
> tried it and it works....so that's hurdle #1....now to look at some

Great work.  I noticed that last week when as I was correspoding with the
group and just changed it in smbldap.conf.  But, I was able to copy 
a roaming profile straight into /opt/samba/profiles before that, which
it sounds like you were not able to do.

Is there anything else you did or did not do ( like upgrading packages)?

> Administrator user quirkiness.  Matt and I are trying to determine if it's
> possible to go back to the old method and use root instead of
> Administrator.  One idea is instead of running simple   smbldap-populate  
>  rather to run  smbldap-populate -a root    and see if that elimnates the
> need for the Administrator user.  Dunno, but will report.  As you can tell
> the smbldap-installer script is "sort of" ready for production servers,
> but as Eric says....if it breaks you get to keep both pieces.  Mid-year
> probably isn't the best time to bring a server like this online
> anyway...right?  ;-)   Thus at this point everything works, but we're
> trying to solve something that MAY be an issue with administrator user.
> PS....Matt will post a new version with the fix soon, but if you want to
> fix it yourself....go into the templates directory in smbldap-installer
> and edit smbldap.conf.....and fix these lines
> in smbldap.conf.....scroll down to
> the Samba section and add %u to the end of the home and profiles defs as
> shown in the commented examples just above them.  
> # The UNC path to home drives location (%U username substitution)
> # Ex: \\My-PDC-netbios-name\homes\%U
> # Just set it to a null string if you want to use the smb.conf 'logon home'
> # directive and/or disable roaming profiles
> userSmbHome="\\NETBIOSNAME_KEY\homes"   (this is the bad line...add the
> \%U)
> # The UNC path to profiles locations (%U username substitution)
> # Ex: \\My-PDC-netbios-name\profiles\%U
> # Just set it to a null string if you want to use the smb.conf 'logon path'
> # directive and/or disable roaming profiles
> userProfile="\\NETBIOSNAME_KEY\profiles"   (this is the bad line...add the
> \%U)
> userSmbHome="\\NETBIOSNAME_KEY\homes\%U"
> userProfile="\\NETBIOSNAME_KEY\profiles\%U"
> David N. Trask
> Technology Teacher/Coordinator
> Vassalboro Community School
> dtrask at vcs.u52.k12.me.us
> (207)923-3100
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Thomas Astle
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