samba & win nt

Bindingnavile, Vinuthananda (CTS) BVinutha at CHN.CTS-CORP.COM
Mon Aug 23 15:09:43 GMT 1999

I have samba 2.0.2-1 running on a linux box having kernel 2.0.36. I have an
NT 4 sp3 having a domain name RNDENT. I have included the linux box into the
NT domain. I also have the smbpasswd file and cerated samba users. Samba is
configured in such a way that even if NT is down samba takes over as the PDC
and authenticates users. If NT is up, the server manager in NT shows the
linux box as PRIMARY and NT as a workstation. 
Only 95 clients are able to logon. When an NT client logs in an error "No
domain controller is available on domain RNDENT" is given. Also the info in
the server manager is sometimes given. At other times an error "No tag
available" is given.
Any soln to this problem ASAP will be great. With this samba version can it
be made to reliably act as the PDC?

The main parts of the smb.conf file is given below:

# workgroup = NT-Domain-Name or Workgroup-Name
   workgroup = RNDENT

# server string is the equivalent of the NT Description field
   server string = RND Linux Server

# Security mode. Most people will want user level security. See
# security_level.txt for details.
  security = domain 

# Use password server option only with security = server
# add password server as the computer name 

# Password Level allows matching of _n_ characters of the password for
# all combinations of upper and lower case.
;  password level = 8
;  username level = 8

# Add new users dynamically
add user script = /root/adduserscr %u

# You may wish to use password encryption. Please read
# ENCRYPTION.txt, Win95.txt and WinNT.txt in the Samba documentation.
# Do not enable this option unless you have read those documents
# comment both lines
 encrypt passwords = yes 
 smb passwd file = /etc/smbpasswd

# Unix users can map to different SMB User names
;  username map = /etc/smbusers

# Using the following line enables you to customise your configuration
# on a per machine basis. The %m gets replaced with the netbios name
# of the machine that is connecting
;   include = /etc/smb.conf.%m

# Most people will find that this option gives better performance.
# See speed.txt and the manual pages for details
   socket options = TCP_NODELAY 

# Browser Control Options:
# set local master to no if you don't want Samba to become a master
# browser on your network. Otherwise the normal election rules apply
   local master = yes 

# OS Level determines the precedence of this server in master browser
# elections. The default value should be reasonable
   os level = 33

# Domain Master specifies Samba to be the Domain Master Browser. This
# allows Samba to collate browse lists between subnets. Don't use this
# if you already have a Windows NT domain controller doing this job
   domain master = no 

# Preferred Master causes Samba to force a local browser election on
# and gives it a slightly higher chance of winning the election
   preferred master = yes

# Enable this if you want Samba to be a domain logon server for 
# Windows95 workstations. 
   domain logons = yes 

# if you enable domain logons then you may want a per-machine or
# per user logon script
# run a specific logon batch file per workstation (machine)
;   logon script = %m.bat
# run a specific logon batch file per username
   logon script = %U.bat

# Where to store roving profiles (only for Win95 and WinNT)
#        %L substitutes for this servers netbios name, %U is username
#        You must uncomment the [Profiles] share below
# uncommented 
   logon path = \\%L\Profiles\%U

# Windows Internet Name Serving Support Section:
# WINS Support - Tells the NMBD component of Samba to enable it's WINS
;   wins support = yes

# WINS Server - Tells the NMBD components of Samba to be a WINS Client
#	Note: Samba can be either a WINS Server, or a WINS Client, but NOT
   wins server =

# WINS Proxy - Tells Samba to answer name resolution queries on
# behalf of a non WINS capable client, for this to work there must be
# at least one	WINS Server on the network. The default is NO.
;   wins proxy = yes

Please suggest any changes to the file. 
Thanks in adv. 


B. Vinuthananda
Research & Development Group
Cognizant Technology Solutions
1st Floor, T.S.140, No 2 & 9, 
C.P.T. Road, Taramani,
Chennai - 600 113
Tamil Nadu,
> % : 91 44 235 4821/235 4411  Ext : 4412
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