[K12OSN] can't access samba shares from winxp

"Terrell Prudé, Jr." microman at cmosnetworks.com
Sun Oct 17 21:14:27 UTC 2004

Julius Szelagiewicz wrote:

>On Sun, 17 Oct 2004, [ISO-8859-1] "Terrell Prud�, Jr." wrote:
>>Julius Szelagiewicz wrote:
>>>Dear Folks,
>>>	what do I need to do to have full access to samba shares from a
>>>winxp computer? The win98 and win2k boxes have no problem finding the
>>>shares by names set up in smb.conf, like, say "\\private\home". The winxp
>>>pro can find the samba servers only by address and finds only the publicly
>>>accessible stuff - nothing with user level authentication. This is the
>>>case for both K12LTSP 3.1.2 and 4.1.0. It is rather annoying to users and
>>>they annoy me in turn, unfortunately I am really hoplessly lost when it
>>>comes to M$ setups. Thanks, julius
>>Hello Julius,
>>I was in a smaller-scale version of the same situation about a year
>>ago.  The whole shop runs XP on the desktop, but GNU/Linux and Samba 3.0
>>on the server.  What it sounds like is a WINS issue.  Are your XP boxes
>>pointing to the same NBNS as the Samba box?  They need to be, otherwise
>>things'll break.
>>If that checks out, though, then you might be looking at a stale WINS
>>cache on the Samba server.  This assumes that your NBNS is Samba.  Stop
>>nmbd, head over to the /var/lib/samba directory and delete wins.dat.
>>Restart nmbd.  This helped me out of a jam just last week with a new
>>server install; "server01" was resolving to, the original
>>IP address of the server, but I had changed it to something else.
>	the depth of my ignorance is such that I don't even know what NBNS
>is. The only samba servers I run are K12LTSP boxes and an HP-UX server. I
>did notice that I don't have wins.dat file anywhere, I don't even have
>/var/lib/samba directory.
>	Thanks, julius

NBNS = "NetBIOS Name Server". The MS implementation of this is called 
WINS. Do a search from / for wins.dat (find / -name 'wins.dat*' -print), 
and when you find it...KILL IT. >-)

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