[Samba] Windows 2000 password change with smbpasswd - login problem

Andrew Gaffney agaffney at technaut.darktalker.net
Thu Dec 11 14:04:40 GMT 2003

David Wilson wrote:
> Hello,
> Any ideas on this one ? Hopefully not being too pesky ? :)
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Hi guys,
> How are you ?
> My setup is as follows:
> Samba-3.0.0 PDC on a Slackware-9.0 box, with mixed N.T. and Windows 2000
> clients.
> Everything has been running perfectly for months however now, it seems
> I've picked up a bit of a weird problem when changing a users password
> via smbpasswd. This problem only appears to affect users who log onto
> the Samba domain using a Windows 2000 PC.
> i.e If I change a password for an N.T. 4.0 user the user merely has to
> log out of N.T. and log back on with his new password, everything works
> perfectly.
> If I change a password for a Windows 2000 user, the user logs off
> Windows 2000, tries to login again, but receives and incorrect
> username/password error.
> Ever come across this before ?
> Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

This is a longshot, but maybe the Win2K box is caching the old password and it sees that 
the new one doesn't match before it even tries to authenticate against the PDC. Can you 
restart the Win2K machine and have the new password work?

Andrew Gaffney

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