Session Request Failed

MCCALL,DON (HP-USA,ex1) don_mccall at
Tue Feb 20 20:11:40 GMT 2001

Hi Alex,
I think it may have to do with your hosts allow line; where you specify your
192 subnet, and your localhost subnet, but not the 209 subnet.  From your
hosts file, I would expect smbclient (and samba server) to resolve www to
the 209 address, since it is the 1st entry in the hosts file that matches,
and that host ip address is not going to be allowed as a client.
To test this, temporarily remove your hosts allow line in smb.conf and
restart samba and try again.
Hope this helps,

-----Original Message-----
From: Alex Le Fevre [mailto:alexlefevre at]
Sent: Tuesday, February 20, 2001 1:51 PM
To: samba at
Subject: RE: Session Request Failed

> It might be helpful to post your smb.conf file,
> along with your network
> setup for the machine you are running this on

Fair enough...I just didn't want to Spam the list

#======================= Global Settings

# workgroup = NT-Domain-Name or Workgroup-Name, eg:
   workgroup = WORKGROUP

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

# This option is important for security. It allows you
to restrict
# connections to machines which are on your local
network. The
# following example restricts access to two C class
networks and
# the "loopback" interface. For more examples of the
syntax see
# the smb.conf man page
   hosts allow = 192.168.2. 127.

# If you want to automatically load your printer list
# than setting them up individually then you'll need
   load printers = yes

# you may wish to override the location of the
printcap file
;   printcap name = /etc/printcap

# on SystemV system setting printcap name to lpstat
should allow
# you to automatically obtain a printer list from the
SystemV spool
# system
;   printcap name = lpstat

# It should not be necessary to specify the print
system type unless
# it is non-standard. Currently supported print
systems include:
# bsd, sysv, plp, lprng, aix, hpux, qnx
;   printing = bsd

# Uncomment this if you want a guest account, you must
add this to /etc/passwd
# otherwise the user "nobody" is used
;  guest account = pcguest

# this tells Samba to use a separate log file for each
# that connects
   log file = /var/log/sambalog

# Put a capping on the size of the log files (in Kb).
   max log size = 100

# Security mode. Most people will want user level
security. See
# security_level.txt for details.
   security = user
# Use password server option only with security =
;   password server = <NT-Server-Name>

# You may wish to use password encryption. Please read
# ENCRYPTION.txt, Win95.txt and WinNT.txt in the Samba
# Do not enable this option unless you have read those
   encrypt passwords = yes

# 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 = /usr/local/samba/lib/smb.conf.%m

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

# Configure Samba to use multiple interfaces
# If you have multiple network interfaces then you
must list them
# here. See the man page for details.
;   interfaces = 

# 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 = no

# 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 = yes 

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

# Use only if you have an NT server on your network
that has been
# configured at install time to be a primary domain
;   domain controller = <NT-Domain-Controller-SMBName>

# 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
;   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
#        %L substitutes for this servers netbios name,
%U is username
#        You must uncomment the [Profiles] share below
;   logon path = \\%L\Profiles\%U

# Windows Internet Name Serving Support Section:
# WINS Support - Tells the NMBD component of Samba to
enable it's WINS Server
;   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 both
;   wins server = w.x.y.z

# 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

# DNS Proxy - tells Samba whether or not to try to
resolve NetBIOS names
# via DNS nslookups. The built-in default for versions
1.9.17 is yes,
# this has been changed in version 1.9.18 to no.
   dns proxy = no 

#============================ Share Definitions
   comment = Home Directories
   browseable = no
   writable = yes

# NOTE: If you have a BSD-style print system there is
no need to 
# specifically define each individual printer
   comment = All Printers
   path = /usr/spool/samba
   browseable = no
# Set public = yes to allow user 'guest account' to
   guest ok = no
   writable = no
   printable = yes

   comment = Web Page Directories
   path = /home/www
   public = yes
   writable = yes
   printable = no
   browseable = yes
   guest ok = yes

Network Setup
Four Win98 PCs, IP's
Samba Server, OBSD 2.8, IP's, (external)

----------------------------------------------------- localhost www Holly Alex Linda Glenn www (I just added this line after
realizing it could be part of the problem; I HUP'ed
the smbd and nmbd daemons, but have not rebooted;
still getting the same message)

Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.

Alex Le Fevre

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