Win95 clients not logging in to Samba

Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton lkcl at
Wed Aug 27 18:12:20 GMT 1997

On Wed, 27 Aug 1997, Louis Mandelstam wrote:

> On Tue, 26 Aug 1997, Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton wrote:
> > > [homes] support in Samba.  I've no clue if the [homes] way of doing things
> > > in standard in the NT world.
> > 
> > nope!  not a hope in hell of it being standard, which is why we have this 
> > problem now.
> Off-topic, but just where is a user's home directory normally found in an
> NT setup?

it's specified in the "user manager for domains" under the user's profile 

> Something like \\server\users\username, with access restrictions
> preventing you from accessing places like \\server\users\otheruser ?

there's nothing to stop you specifying _any_ SMB path for a profile, as 
long as the server that that SMB path refers to runs encrypted 
passwords.  so, you could configure NT accounts on an NT server that 
specify a samba server for the profiles.

> > the smbd process setuids to root when the user logs off.  it doesn't die, 
> > because the background logon process under NT may still have files open.  
> > then, your 2nd user logs on.  and the path suddenly changes under the NT 
> > machine's feet.  it may attempt to close files whose path has changed.
> > 
> > good idea: not good for storing profiles, though.
> Well, at least not when accessing using NT workstations.  What about
> Win95?

well, that's what the conversation with rob was about: there appear to be 
circumstances under which a w95 machine occasionally doesn't drop the 
connection to the smbd process (maybe a program crashed, and didn't close 
its files).  the [homes] share will still exist, under these 
circumstances, such that when the 2nd user logs in and tries to read the 
profile, it fails.


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