Inconsistant problem with Alpha5 and group policy

Wes Deviers wdevie at
Wed Jul 9 20:00:53 GMT 2008

Alpha 5 cleanly installed and working excellently.  AD join, new user 
creation, profile creation, xattr, everything working great.  Fanstatic work!

But I'm having an intermittent problem with assigning a group policy to an OU.  

In the OU, "flamestrike", I have a single user ('carl'), that can log in, log 
out, and use the desktop (XP Pro SP2) fine.  I wanted to test the GPO stuff 
and we use roaming profiles here, so I thought I'd give it a shot.  Standard 
setup, no GPO advanced editor or anything.  Right click on the OU -> 
Properties -> GP -> New.  Worked as expected.  Renamed it, worked as 
expected.  Hit "Edit" and got some random error.  I looked around; the last 
time I'd checked in the git pull, there was a problem with smbd not answering 
for the domain (just the machine) which won't work with the machine tries to 
access the GPO via \\domain.

Checked all the permissions; everything 
in /usr/local/samba/var/locks/sysvol/Policies had good permissions and I 
could get to it.  So I shut down XP, killed & restarted smbd, and booted XP 
back up.

And then it worked!

So I went into the editor and into folder redirection, set it...and it 
failed.  "Network path not found."  Hit "OK" a few more times out of spite, 
they all failed again.  Rebooted, restarted smbd...and it worked again.  At 
that point, I could set anything in the "User" GPO tree.  Moved to 
the "System" tree to look around and it spazzed again.  "Network path not 
found".  Closed everything, restarted, tried again, and now the GPO refuses 
to edit.

Luckily I captured the entire thing in Wireshark!  Of course, it's huge.  If 
I'm going to send the error report (this has been a consistant problem for me 
for at least a few months, so I may be doing something wrong) what level of 
debug dump do you want from smbd, and where should I send the tshark & debug 
logs to?  (I can make available via http)

Thanks!  Excellent work, as always.


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