[OpenAFS] Windows 8.1, SkyDrive and Roaming Profiles

Stephen Joyce stephen@physics.unc.edu
Mon, 1 Jul 2013 13:02:15 -0400 (EDT)

On Mon, 1 Jul 2013, Jeffrey Altman wrote:

> A university would not.

Why not?

> An organization that is supporting Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) cannot.

Is there a use case for roaming profiles in a BYOD environment?

(Not trying to troll; I don't support Windows currently but am always 
interested in OAFS in an enterprise environment. I would assume if SkyDrive 
can be turned off via GP, any institution with an articulated security 
stance will do so.)


> On 7/1/2013 11:44 AM, Coy Hile wrote:
>> Wouldn't most organizations disable these defaults via a global GPO?
>> ________________________________________
>> From: openafs-info-admin@openafs.org on behalf of Jeffrey Altman
>> Sent: Saturday, June 29, 2013 4:09 PM
>> To: OpenAFS
>> Subject: [OpenAFS] Windows 8.1, SkyDrive and Roaming Profiles
>> Last Wednesday Microsoft released the one and only preview release of
>> Windows 8.1 in conjunction with the Microsoft Build conference which I
>> attended.  The one big change relating to file systems is the
>> integration of SkyDrive into the Shell and its selection as the primary
>> storage location for end user documents.
>> The SkyDrive integration adds shell recognition for files that are
>> located in the locally sync'd copy of the SkyDrive directory tree but
>> which have not been copied locally.   Microsoft now represents these
>> files with a new Reparse Point (Tag: 0x80000015) which is a "sparse
>> file" and an "offline" file.  The file will not be visible to
>> applications that browse the directory from the command line but will be
>> displayed in the Explorer Shell and Modern application views of the
>> SkyDrive directory.
>> The SkyDrive folder tree is stored in the user's profile at
>> \Users\<username>\SkyDrive.   When the profile is on NTFS this works
>> fine.  When the roaming profile is stored in AFS this is going to cause
>> problems because at logout an error will be generated when attempts are
>> made to copy this new reparse point to AFS.
>> I urge organizations to begin testing Windows 8.1 Preview immediately
>> and to file bug reports with Microsoft as soon as possible.  This is a
>> feature that will not be altered once Windows 8.1 RTM is cut.   It is
>> critical that Microsoft hear about issues that will effect their
>> customers while there is time to make adjustments.
>> Jeffrey Altman
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