smbclient can't connect to NT workstation "C$" share

Eric Sisler esisler at
Thu Mar 29 17:46:51 GMT 2001

At 11:20 AM 03/29/2001 -0600, Gerald Carter wrote:

> > I'm using samba 2.0.7 as my NT PDC and I'm wondering if this
> > functionality is missing in this version.  I'm *assuming* that since
> > I'm trying to connect to an "admin" share on a workstation, smbclient
> > is trying to authenticate to the PDC, which isn't working.  This would
> > also explain why a *locally* created share works just fine - because
> > smbclient is authenticating against the share/password on the local
> > workstation.

>Are you using the -W <local machine name>?

I'm using -W <domain name>:

[esisler at shaun esisler]$ smbclient //ghost/c$ -W rat_group
added interface ip= bcast= nmask=
Got a positive name query response from ( )
Domain=[RAT_GROUP] OS=[Windows NT 4.0] Server=[NT LAN Manager 4.0]
tree connect failed: ERRDOS - ERRnoaccess (Access denied.)

Yes, the domain really is "RAT_GROUP" - don't ask, it's a long story!  The 
man page for smbclient says the -W switch is for the workgroup name, which 
I assume means workgroup or domain.

What I wrote earlier about the locally created share is probably wrong 
though.  I looked a bit more closely at how the local shares are configured 
and it *appears* to me that they also authenticate against the PDC as 
well.  Perhaps I've misconfigured something in smb.conf?  Domain logins 
from NT workstations are working so I'm not sure what I might have 
missed.  I do have "security" set to "user" - should this be "server" or 


Eric Sisler
Library Computer Technician
Westminster Public Library
Westminster, CO, USA
esisler at

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