[Samba] Samba PDC reliability?

Buchan Milne bgmilne at cae.co.za
Wed Oct 30 14:42:01 GMT 2002

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> Message: 5
> Date: Tue, 29 Oct 2002 13:30:34 -0700
> From: Beau Sapach <beau.sapach at ualberta.ca>
> To: samba at lists.samba.org
> Subject: [Samba] Samba PDC reliability?
> Hello all,
> I'm using Samba 2.2.5 compiled on Solaris 8 for my PDC, I've included my
> smb.conf below.  My client machines are all winnt4.0 service pack 6,
but I
> can't get them to log in to the PDC reliably.  Very rarely will they
log in
> properly, I usually get the "Domain controller could not be contacted"
> message.  Does anyone have any advice?  Thanks!

We have been running samba as a domain controller since the 2.0.x days
(I think 2.0.6) on linux (currently 2.2.6 on Mandrake 8.2), never seen
this problem (except a similar message when trying to join a machine
that thinks it's in the workgroup of the same name ;-)).

Ensure your clients
1)Look at your WINS server. This is most easily done via DHCP
2)Don't have IPX/NetBEUI installed
3)Don't have badly-configured firewalls installed, some of which have a
default config which prevents wins from working


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