Safest way to mount NT Server share

Mike Fedyk mfedyk at
Tue Nov 21 17:37:54 GMT 2000

Bill Parker wrote:
> At 06:37 PM 11/16/2000 -0800, you wrote:
> >Bill Parker wrote:
> >>
> >> Hi All,
> >>
> >>         I run a Linux box with caldera Openlinux 2.3, 2.2.17 kernel (SMP),
> >> and I have a very serious problem getting samba to work properly (despite
> >> the fact I have it working just fine on a plain pent-133, and on that
> >> machine it shows up in network neighborhood, and I can double click on
> >> it, drag and drop files, etc).
> >>
> >>         However, we are in the process of converting our application from
> >> NT to linux, but I MUST have access to a NT Server share to make this
> >> work (as it reads data from it), but when I have used smbmount with a
> >> destination IP, it will let me mount the drive, BUT, after a while, I
> >> get a smbfs-retry (error: -3) code, and I lose communication with the
> >
> >Why are you using an IP address?  If everything is setup correctly you
> shouldn't need it with the 2.2.xx kernel smbmount tools.
> Welp, that is the $64 question I have been racking MY brains over for
> almost a week.  The first machine I set up on Samba worked just fine,
> and despite the success I had there, when I try to get a 2nd machine
> working with Samba, it just DOES not want to work.  The smb.conf files
> on the two linux boxes are the same (minus obvious IP address differences)
> but the ONLY difference on the 2nd box is that it is NOT plugged into
> the same switch that the OTHER three linux boxes are, but it does have
> an IP in the same class C as the other boxes.
> Example:
>         Box 1 (nermal) xxx.yyy.zzz.25 (plugged into switch which sees router)
>         Box 2 (odie) xxx.yyy.zzz.11 (same switch)
>         Box 3 (pooky) xxx.yyy.zzz.55 (same switch)
>         Box 4 (html) xxx.yyy.zzz.15 (switch in other part of building
>                 but using ip of router for internet access)
>         Does BOX 4 need to be plugged into the same switch to make this
> work, or have I lost all my marbles? :)
>         btw, all of the box machines are capable of IP masq, if that makes
> a difference...
> -Bill

Yes, the router makes a difference.  Network neighborhood is based on
broadcasts, and the router won't propagate them unless you configure it to do
so.  You can run a WINS server instead, which is what I suggest.

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