[Samba] Re: Samba PDC + WinXP = problems fetching remote profiles

Dragan Krnic dkrnic at lycos.com
Sat Aug 23 11:56:08 GMT 2003

> I have recently recogized that the problem of domain
> logons is at least closely connected to the problem 
> of downloading "big" files (i.e. files larger than
> something about 4k or even 2k). The symptoms are the
> following:
>  1. There are two differently behaving groups of
>  programs: network neighbourhood (or something
>  like that) and windows explorer, FAR, (i suppose
>  that Window Commander -- for those who don't know
>  what FAR is) and so on.
>  2. Network Neighbourhood almost refuses to do
>  anything on Samba shares -- it has long stall
>  upon entering directories with names longer
>  than 8 chars, and i don't remember it to
>  be able to perform any file download/upload
>  operations at all.
>  3. WinExplorer can browse shares freely, unless
>  it encounters directory containing more than
>  25 entries (very strange limit -- but i checked,
>  the limit is 25), where it stalls for 2 minutes.
>  Also downloading files larger than something
>  about 2 or 4 K always stalls for two minutes,
>  and (under some unclear circumstances) sometimes
>  fail completely.

Sounds like symptoms of activated Web Client service. 
If you have missed it a few days ago, it appears that
the new, XP-specific service called Web Client, 
automatically enabled by default, creates all kinds
of performance and access problems. I only have 1 XP 
client in my network but it suddenly started acting 
normally, just like any other Win2K clients, after 
I disabled this service.

By the way, I still can't figure out what FAR is.

> [global]
> dos charset = CP866
> display charset = KOI8-R
> unix charset = KOI8-R

Probably just a matter of taste.

> ; preferred master = No
> ; local master = Yes

My smb.conf has both set to Yes. In addition to that
I set this registry on all clients:


instead of default "Auto".

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