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Storing Win2k user profiles on a non-Windows system

I've got a Windows 2000 domain controller, and I'd like for clients to be able to have roaming profiles and/or have their folders, such as My Documents, redirected. If I set their roaming profiles to a share on the Win2k box, or redirect the folder to the Win2k box, it seems to work.

I really don't want to store user data on the Windows 2000 box, because our file server is a SUN450 flush with disk, which is where all other user data is stored. When I point the roaming profiles of folders to a share on this machine (running SAMBA 2.2.3a), I get weird errors. The roaming profile stuff seems to copy over everything except some file named "Recent/desktop.ini." Are there any known problems and/or solutions? I can't be the only one in the world who wants to do something like this.

You'll probably need to contact the SAMBA vendor for help on this one. In general, the redirected storage of user profiles is controlled by a UNC path, the data is transmitted using SMB via NetBIOS, and the storage location is assumed to be FAT or NTFS. Any one of these could be the issue that is causing the problem when storing the user profiles onto non-Windows systems. I did some research in Microsoft materials and did not find any mention of storing user profiles on non-Windows systems. That doesn't mean it cannot be done, just that Microsoft doesn't provide info about it.

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