windows nt -> samba server on unix: slow login

Paul Sherwin psherwin at
Tue Feb 23 11:57:50 GMT 1999

>Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 17:47:38 -0500
>From: ravi narayan <ravi at>
>i have two other systems: a windows nt 4.0 workstation PC, and a
>windows 98 PC. i have no NT domain. i modified the registry, as suggested
>in the docs, on both systems, to permit plaintext passwords.
>from both systems, i can now access the samba server. however, on the
>NT workstation system, the login process takes forever. when i map the
>network drive, it takes about 2-3 minutes after which i am prompted for
>a password. once i enter the password it takes another 2-3 minutes for
>the drive to be mounted. once it is mounted, it works well and there are
>no further problems. on the windows 98 system, there is no such problem,
>and the login process is blazingly fast!
This sounds like a classic DNS problem to me. Your unix system is set up to
look for a DNS server that isn't there. I suspect your W98 system is in
/etc/hosts whereas your WNT system isn't. All IP operations will be
affected, not just Samba. Either disable DNS on the Unix system or put the
WNT system in /etc/hosts.

Best regards, Paul

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