Samba won't allow PC connections

Joel Hammer jhammer2 at
Wed Nov 21 07:34:54 GMT 2001

Well, this sounds like a name resolution problem.
If you are using a wins server, that may be improperly configured (wild
The WINS server should have DNS proxy = yes. That is on by default.
I forget if you have wins server = BIGSERVER in your smb.conf.
On Wed, Nov 21, 2001 at 09:22:14AM -0500, Ben Griffith wrote:
> OK,
> Here are some new and interesting details.
> I am still using the same smb.conf file that I posted earlier.
> When I ping my server by netbios name, the response in a DOS box is:
> pinging netbiosname.domain [] blah blah.
> The netbios name resolves properly to the server IP and the ping goes 
> through as anticipated. When I do:
> net view //netbiosname
> I get the Error 5: do not have proper privlidges, bad password, blah blah.
> When I do net view // I get the listing of services that 
> are hosted by samba on my server. ??!
> After seeing this I added a printer using -[//netbiosname/service]-. This 
> was rejected, asking for a password all the time. If the printer is added 
> as -[//]- then the connection is made and I can 
> print. Interestingly enough, after adding one printer in this ip-based 
> format, I can now access all of the other services using 
> -[//netbiosname/service]-.
> If I remove the printer that is added using the IP address, all of the 
> other services are not available any more. To me this seems like something 
> that is not samba based but somewhere in the network like PDC, WINS, DNS 
> even? My guess is WINS since I can ping the machine and the ip resolves 
> properly. At any rate, I am going to chat with the network honchos and see 
> what they think. Thanks for all of the advise and tips.
> 	--Ben--
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> Ben Griffith
> Assistant Network Admin.
> bgriffit at
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