[Samba] RE: Unable to reregister samba server with Primary Domain Controller

Ian Scott ian.m.scott at stud.man.ac.uk
Fri Aug 9 15:09:10 GMT 2002

The answer to this turned out to be rather unusual.

We recently had our photocopier's network software upgraded so that it could
act as a big printer.

Anytime Samba attempted to find the PDC, it sent out a broadcast message,
and the printer replied, saying yes I'm BMS-NT-SVR, when of course it isn't.

Problem solved by pulling out the photcopier's network cable, and logging a
very angry message with photocopier servicing company.

Ian Scott.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ian Scott [mailto:ian.m.scott at stud.man.ac.uk]
> Sent: Tuesday, August 06, 2002 12:08 PM
> To: 'samba at lists.samba.org'
> Subject: Unable to reregister samba server with Primary Domain
> Controller
> Please forgive any stupidity in the following question. The
> admin who maintained samba left recently and we (a bunch of
> programmers) are trying to fix it.
> We had a Solaris box called svr2, it provided samba and nfs services.
> We bought a new computer called originally newsvr2.
> We ported the samba settings across to newsvr2 - everything worked.
> We swapped the hostname and IP addresses of svr2 and newsvr2
> - everything worked.
> Our administrator left.
> The new box (now called svr2) crashed, and when it came back
> up no-one could talk to the samba server. When we try to
> connect to it from windows it asks for a username and
> password, and doesn't accept any (Either our NT domain
> password (which it should use) or a nisplus password.)
> Everything else on svr2 appears to be working correctly.
> It should be set up to use our local PDC, which appears to be
> working fine in all other respects.
> We have tried deleting secret.tlb, etc. and rejoining the
> domain using smbpasswd. However we keep getting  the
> following error message
>    Error connecting to BMS-NT-SVR - NT_STATUS_LOGON_FAILURE
>    Unable to join domain bms
> We have tried deleting all the entries relating to svr2 in
> the active directory on BMS-NT-SVR, our PDC, and starting
> again. If we specify -U administrator to smbpasswd, and give
> it the BMS-NT-SVR administrator password, we get the above
> error. If we don't specify the user, it says Don't know the
> machine password, and gives the above error.
> We don't think that svr2 had been rebooted since the IP
> addresses and hostnames were swapped - so we suspect that it
> is a problem with the PDC refusing to acknowledge the swap.
> However other than removing the active directory listing for
> server2, we can't think of anything else to do to the PDC.
> We would be grateful for any suggestions.
> Many thanks,
> Ian Scott.
> P.S. samba-ntdom at lists.samba.org appears to be dead

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