[Samba] Samba User Nightmare

Joe Polk listuser at javelinux.com
Tue Feb 10 21:53:00 GMT 2004

Start with the basics. Did you add all of your users to Samba? And I don't 
mean just Red Hat. You have to add them to Samba.  Also, are there group 
considerations?  My guess is the former. Some users are not in Samba and/or 
they have no access to the shares in question. I find it best to match 
usernames and passwords to Samba. Windows machines always send the logged-in 
user's credentials first and always encrypted, so be sure encrypted passwords 
is set to yes in smb.conf. Also, keep in mind that if these users are on 
Windows 2000 that it will sort of "time out" connections to shares at times. 
I've not read if this has been addressed by Samba but I'm sure it had. I have 
connections "X" out even in a Windows environment. Usually, a simple click 
reinstates the connection.


---------- Original Message -----------
From: NedColeman at seedcomm.com
To: samba at lists.samba.org
Sent: Tue, 10 Feb 2004 09:24:22 -0800
Subject: [Samba] Samba User Nightmare

> Hey, I need help! (I'm kinda new to this.),
> This past weekend I switched over our server at work from a MS NT 4.0
> server to a Red Hat Linux version 9 server.
> I had to set up several network shares via Samba.  For testing 
> purposes I set up a former employee's account on the new server. 
>  This account would enable me to communicate with the old server and 
> the new to copy over files.  All the other usernames changed from 
> first name last initial to first initial last name, something our 
> corporate office wanted.  The former employees account worked like a 
> charm.  When I finished up on Sunday evening, I went around to all 
> the computers here in the office and logged them in with the new 
> usernames.  Monday morning I got a call and no one could write to 
> the new samba drive.  I got here and went to the computer that was 
> still logged in as the former employee and it worked fine, I could 
> read and write to the new drive.  I went to another computer logged 
> in as someone else and it didn't work fine, I could see what was on 
> the drive and I could open it and change it, but I could not save it 
> again.  So for the time being I logged them in as the former 
> employee and I went back home and back to sleep, lol (I was 
> exhausted from the weekend, lots of long hours trying to set up a 
> mail program that didn't work).  This morning, Tuesday morning, I 
> got another call sayin that a few people were having problems 
> getting logged in with their usernames, so figured what a better 
> time to come in and troubleshoot to see what's different about the former
> employee's account.  When I got here, samba was dropping connections 
> and people were freakin out because they didn't have the network 
> resources that they needed.  I quickly had them all switch over to 
> the old server so that solved that problem.  But I still have the 
> problem of samba not working. It only wants to work for the former 
> employee and no one else.  I tried adding my old username so I could 
> access both the old server and the new and I was having the same 
> problems as everyone else, I couldn't access the new server at all.  
> I do not have a clue what the problem is and I'm about ready to take 
> a shotgun to the dern thing.  Any help would be greatly appreciated. 
>  Thank you!! -Ned
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