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Andrew Bartlett abartlet at
Sun Feb 18 01:17:07 GMT 2001

Anthony wrote:
> Hi everyone,
>         I've just joined this and 2 other Samba mailing lists, so I apologise if
> my questions have already been covered recently. I tried sending this
> E-Mail to samba-bugs, but it bounced back! So here's the original E-Mail:
>         I've recently had to reconfigure my Samba server to enable logon scripts
> from Windows 9x machines. I'm running Samba 2.0.7 on RedHat Linux 6.2. As
> I'm sure you're all aware, I had to change the Windows machines to
> "user-level" security, and I previously had them in "share-level" security.
> When I go to share a drive now, I need to select which users are allowed
> access to the shares. The problem I'm experiencing is that the Windows
> machine cannot find the list of users, and when I try searching for users
> in the System Policy Editor I get the error message "An error occurred
> trying to access the Address Book Provider". I've read all the man pages
> and text files I can find on my system and I can't find the solution. Is
> there a solution to my problem or is it something Samba doesn't yet
> support? There are no NT servers involved - just Windows 95 workstations
> and the Samba server.
>         There it is. I'm a relatively new Linux user, so go easy :)
> ----------------------------
> Anthony (aslan at
> ----------------------------

This problem is soon to go away :-).  Basically samba doesn't yet
support user level security for Win9X clients (i.e. the user list). 
This support is implemented in Samba-TNG however, and Jeremy Allison
intends to get it done for the Samba 2.2 release. 

In the mean time your options are:  
 - Use Samba TNG (NOT recommended, but it does work - I didn't have a
 - Wait a week or two and hope it makes it into the next Samba 2.2 alpha
 - Stick with share level security (or decide you don't need to share
your clients)

Hope this helps,
Andrew Bartlett

Andrew Bartlett
abartlet at

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