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Finding junction files in Windows 7 and exclude them with DeltaCopy

Windows 7 has a sort of hard link, a junction file, which it uses to link the old location “Documents and Settings” to /Users/. Because of all this junctioning, you can’t just copy files with a Cygwin program like Deltacopy, because it will hang in infinite loop and copy a whole lot of things twice.

To identify junction files, run:

dir /AL /s

Here is an example exclude list for deltacopy for a standard windows 7 machine. Path names are specified assuming every user dir is supplied as separate dir to copy (because there are references to root, like ‘/Mijn documenten’:

--delete-excluded --exclude "/Application Data" --exclude "**/Downloads" --exclude "**/AppData/Local/Application Data" --exclude "/Local Settings" --exclude "**/Temporary Internet Files" --exclude "**/Flash Player" --exclude "**/Temp" --exclude "**/VirtualStore" --exclude "NTUSER.DAT*" --exclude "UsrClass.dat*" --exclude "ntuser.dat*" --exclude "parent.lock" --exclude "/Mijn documenten"  --exclude "/Mijn afbeeldingen" --exclude "/Mijn muziek" --exclude "/Mijn video's"

The ‘Mijn Documenten’ and such is a link to other dirs, so it doesn’t skip them. Be sure not to use these statements when running this on Windows XP…

Preventing the creation of $RECYCLE.BIN on Samba shares by Windows 7

Windows 7 kept creating a $RECYCLE.BIN dir on the network share. This in itself is merely annoying, but there were also errors resulting from it. Whenever a file would be deleted, this message would appear (translated from dutch): “The recycle bin is damaged, do you want to delete the contents?” Everything froze until that question was answered.

Samba has an option “veto files” which can be used to stop the creation of that directory. Put this in each share’s section in your smb.conf:

veto files = /*$RECYCLE.BIN/ 

The slashes are not directory separators in this case. Also, I don’t know if the preceeding * is necessary, but it does no harm.

Adding a quick launch in Windows 7

Windows 7 doesn”t have a quicklaunch by default. Luckily, there is a fix. To enable it, add toolbar, other toolbar and include this as location:

%userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch

That site also states you have to save your theme, so do that, to be safe. Just do desktop right mouse, adjust to preference, rightmouse on unsaved theme, etc.

Fixing extremely slow domain logon windows 7

I just installed two Windows 7 machines and both of them take a very long time to logon to the (samba) domain controller. I’ve found several reports on the internet about people with the same issue. This was one of the pages I found. I tried it and it works. It says:

  • Run gpedit.msc.
  • Go to computer configuration.
  • Go to Administrative templates.
  • Go to System.
  • Go to User profiles.
  • Enable “Set maximum wait time for the network if a user has a roaming user profile or remote home directory” and set to 0 seconds

You’d think that this means it can’t logon, because it suggests the wait period was because of network connection problem. However, I tried adding files to the profile on the server and logged in, and the file was synced to the PC. So, it does seem to work.

While I was at it, I also changed the setting not to allow logons with temporary profiles. It’s in the same list as the option above. In Dutch, it’s “gebruikers niet aanmelden met tijdelijke profielen”.

I also found this about slow logons. It’s for Windows XP, but perhaps it’s useful. It sets “Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon” to true. For some reason, the asynchronous loading of the network caused slowdown for that person.

Finally, I also found people who fixed slow logons by setting the desktop to an image, as opposed to solid color. I tested it, and indeed seemed to influence it.

Installing Samba from lenny-backports

With our new Windows 7 machines, we need at least samba 3.3.7. However, our server with Debian stable doesn’t have that in its repository. So, I was forced to install samba with lenny-backports.

I included this line in my /etc/apt/sources.list:

deb http://www.backports.org/debian lenny-backports main contrib non-free 

Because backports are disabled by default, I needed to pin all the packages required for samba:

Package: samba
Pin: release a=lenny-backports
Pin-Priority: 999
 
Package: smbclient
Pin: release a=lenny-backports
Pin-Priority: 999
 
Package: smbfs
Pin: release a=lenny-backports
Pin-Priority: 999
 
Package: samba-common
Pin: release a=lenny-backports
Pin-Priority: 999
 
Package: samba-common-bin
Pin: release a=lenny-backports
Pin-Priority: 999
 
Package: libwbclient0
Pin: release a=lenny-backports
Pin-Priority: 999
 
Package: libtalloc2
Pin: release a=lenny-backports
Pin-Priority: 999

I haven’t actually installed it, but I will soon. So I don’t know if it will work or not. Aptitude -s suggests it does.

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