Windows 98 + domain logons

Gilles SIMON gilsim at
Tue Nov 28 09:37:00 GMT 2000


Do you also have problems with locks ?
I have same messages with same behaviour (same config), except the '3
hours outage'. It also stops some software (as ms-office) in normal use.

The only thing I found to minimize in some way these problems was to put
a slave DNS server on the same computer as Samba. But the problem is
here, although less frequent. Take care about reverse naming (IP ->
It seems a timing problem in Samba.

I posted a question a few days ago in this list, but no answer. If you
get solution, please mail to me.

Hope this helps.

Gilles SIMON

"Svein Roar Nilsen" <svein-roar.nilsen at> wrote:
> Hi!
> One last try before ditching Samba and buying Windows 2000 Server... 
> Server: RedHat 7.0 with Samba 2.0.7, set up as PDC to be able to run
> logon
> scripts. 
> PC's: Norwegian Windows 98 with all the stuff from windowsupdate
> (including
> explorer 5.5)
> Every morning, all our Windows 98 users (we have about 20 of them)
> have to log
> on multiple times, usually between 2 and 5, before being able to log
> on to our
> domain. They get an error message saying something about not being
> able to
> contact the domain controller. But when they finally are able to log
> on,
> everything works very well untill the next morning. Our Windows NT 4.0
> users are
> able to log on just fine every time they try. 
> In the log.pcNN logfiles, we get the following 3 lines for every
> attempt:
> [2000/11/27 09:45:01, 0] lib/util_sock.c:write_socket_data(540)
>   write_socket_data: write failure. Error = Broken pipe
> [2000/11/27 09:45:01, 0] lib/util_sock.c:write_socket(566)
>   write_socket: Error writing 4 bytes to socket 6: ERRNO = Broken pipe
> [2000/11/27 09:45:01, 0] lib/util_sock.c:send_smb(754)
>   Error writing 4 bytes to client. -1. Exiting
> But even worse: If the server is restarted while all workstations are
> off, it
> takes exactly 3 hours from the first workstation is back on until
> people are
> able to log on again. (Again, except for our NT users...) So I just
> have to tell
> them: "wait until lunch time, then everything will be OK!" And during
> these 3
> hours, it is not possible to view any network information from any
> Windows 98
> machine. "net view" gives a message about not finding the machine
> controlling
> shared resources or something like that (freely translated from
> Norwegian),
> while "smbclient -L pc07" works just fine and also shows all our
> workgroups with
> masterbrowsers, and everything looks just fine.  
> It has not always been like that. The problem first turned up in an
> earlier
> version of Samba. I think when we upgraded to 2.0.6 or maybe 2.0.5,
> and has been
> there ever since. 
> I have tried to change nearly every parameter in smb.conf, but nothing
> seems to
> help. So I should be really grateful if someone is able to help! I
> have also
> searched the internet, and it seems that there are other people having
> similar
> problems, but I have never seen anybody providing an answear that
> works for us. 
> (btw: has anyone tested 2.2-alpha1? Is it stable enough to cause less
> problems
> than the version we are running? :)
> Svein Roar Nilsen

Gilles SIMON
gilsim at

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