XP client and Unix/Samba file server

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I have a UNIX (Sun) file server cluster which Windows XP clients access via SAMBA. We use group policies for folder redirection of Desktop, My Documents and Application Data to the file server share (but no other group policies at present). However, the system is rather intolerant to breaks in contact between the server and clients, even for a few seconds. This is especially a problem for e-mail programs such as Eudora running on the client. Mailboxes open at the time of break are often completely lost and unable to synchronize when the connection is restored. What can I do to improve tolerance to such connection breaks?

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Hi Finn,

You problem might be related to the support of so called oportunistic locks (oplocks) by your OS. I recently read in samba documentation that there should be kernel support on the server side for proper functioning of this type of “locks” on the clients. You might try to disable oplocks on your server (you may play with settings, since this is per-share setting).

BR and good luck

Petko

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