[Samba] Users losing connection at random

John H Terpstra jht at samba.org
Thu May 29 21:42:04 GMT 2003

On Thu, 29 May 2003 JSmith at arnoldlogistics.com wrote:

> First let me start off by thanking you for your time.

No problem. Where do we send trhe invoice? :)

> I have what I think is a unique problem.  Daily on average there are about
> 67 users that connect to my server.  Usually I will get a call from 1 or 2
> of them in the morning saying that they cannot log onto the server.  The
> message they keep receiving is that their domain password is incorrect.  I
> have exhausted myself with research and cannot find a fix for this.  So
> far my only resolution has been to restart the smb service.  Once I do
> that, my two users can immediately log in.  This as you can guess creates
> issues for those who were logged in.  Also, at some point during the day I
> will get a series of calls from a different set of users stating that they
> cannot access they're share anymore.  But, if we wait five minutes or so
> it comes right back.  There is no need to log off and back on again. Print
> ques also seem to be affected.
> I've tried to look for something that is consistent about this problem and
> so far it is only the times of day that it happens.  Usually around 9am or
> 1pm.  Nothing else clicks.  I'm using '98, 2k and XP clients throughout my
> building.  It originally started out that it was only the '98 systems who
> were effected but lately it has spread to some 2k machines.  XP does not
> have the password problem but we do lose access to shares.  It just seems
> to randomly pick users at will.  It does not keep happening to the same
> individual or machine.

What security mode setting is in you smb.conf file?
Are you using WINS? (if so, is samba the WINS server?, Is it on this box?)
Is this the PDC? (if not, what is your smb.conf entry for "password server

- John T.

> On top of all of that my putty (ssh) sessions now blow up once in a while.
>  I was using webmin as a guide but it kept going wild on my smbpasswd file
> so I removed it.  Since it's removal my files have not been "mysteriously"
> altered.
> Has anyone else experienced the same problem and can help guide me in the
> right direction?

John H Terpstra
Email: jht at samba.org

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