Windows XP logon problem - Smab 2.2.5

Yasser Sedky ysedky at
Mon Aug 19 01:52:11 GMT 2002

Hi all,

I'm actually fed up with this problem. I saw many questions around this
problem, they are all giving same steps, and they are all failing to
solve the problem!

I'm installing Samba 2.2.5 on FreeBSD 4.6 box, I followed all steps of
HOW-TO to make Samba act as PDC.

I did the following:

1- Samba successfully installed as PDC.
2- WinXP patched with the RequireSignorSeal patch.
2- WinXP stations joined the Domain successfully , machine accounts
created manually with the "$" at end of machine name.
3- WinXP restarted successfully ;-)
4- I tried to login using an enabled user, sometimes I can log , other
times I get "Domain Controller is not available" 
6- In all cases I can see the SAMBA shares, when I log locally I get an
authentication dialog box to reach the Samba Shares!
7- Profile/Homes directory persmissions are checked.

PS: should I downgrade to Samba 2.2.3a ? Or should I through my XP away?

Anyone has solution to this very COMMON problem ????

On my WinXP I set:
WINS IP = Samba IP 
NetBIOS over TCP/IP enabled

On my smb.conf I made:


        ;basic server settings
        workgroup = MISRTECH
        netbios name = ZEUS
        interfaces =
        server string = Zeus Domain Controller
        socket options = TCP_NODELAY IPTOS_LOWDELAY SO_SNDBUF=8192

        ;PDC and master browser settings
        os level = 64
        preferred master = yes
        local master = yes
        domain master = yes

        ;security and logging settings
        security = user
        encrypt passwords = yes
        log file = /var/log/samba/log.%m
        log level = 10
        max log size = 50
        hosts allow = 192.168.1., 127.

        ;user profiles and home directory
        logon home = \\%L\%U\
        logon drive = Z:
        logon path = \\%L\profiles\%U

        domain logons = Yes
        dns proxy = No
        wins support = Yes
        admin users = root

        comment = Home Directories
        path = /my/samba/homes
        valid users = %S
        read only = No
        browseable = No
        writable = yes

        comment = Network Logon Service
        path = /usr/local/samba/lib/netlogon
        guest ok = No
        share modes = No
        writable = no
        browseable = No

        path = /my/samba/profiles
        create mask = 0600
        directory mask = 0700
        guest ok = No
        browseable = No
        writable = Yes


Many thanks,
Yasser Sedky

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