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cstelter 02-03-2005 02:32 PM

Intermittant error using Samba as PDC
Hi All,
I'm looking at ways to allow my family to log into multiple computers and easily find their files (My Documents, etc) and login environment.

I've installed Fedora Core 3 on a box with a 120GB drive. I've digested unending HOW-TO's and FAQ's and Samba Documentation. Though bear in mind, I started this whole process only 2 weeks ago and it's an evening type of an activity so I realize I probably have only fully comprehended some small portion of what is probably required to pull this off.

I can now log into 4 machines with a domain account and I get a common environment on each-- My Documents and My Pictures go to my network home drive rather than cached with each login and logout. Things are working pretty well, but I'm geting an intermittant message along the lines of:

Unable to create \\<smbserver>\<user>.pds, logging in with local profile...

90% of the time I don't see this error, but it seems to happen most when I'm logging into one machine shortly after having logged out of that same machine or another machine witht the same user.

As far as I can see, my /home/profiles/<user> directory is properly being updated with each login and logout when I *don't* see the above error.

logon path = \\%L\Profiles\%U

so I'm not at all certain about where the .pds extension is coming from.

I've read various HOWTO's that declare logon path = \\%L\Profiles\%U.pds, and another email thread that intimated that I might want to check permissions on my /home/profiles directory, or manually create <user>.pds when I create a user. But the information is sketchy and it's hard to determine the context that each of these apply to.

Can anyone shed light on why I might be seeing this *intermittantly*?

Is it just a networking glitch that my Profiles share can't be mounted at that precise second, or is it more likely a configuration issue?

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