[Samba] Why does a W2K (pro) client do more than it is asked to do?

Linux Lover linuxlover992000 at yahoo.com
Thu Mar 4 21:53:55 GMT 2004

Desperate to find out why connecting to a samba
share(on an AIX server) from W2K is so slow, I tried
connecting to the same share from a Linux box, using

smbclient \\\\aixserver\\sharedir$ -U lynn

The results were amazing. The connection was so MUCH
FASTER then connecting from a W2K (pro) workstation:

\\aixserver\sharedir$ (in the Start|Run edit box)

When I examined the samba log files on the server, I
could see why.

The log file for the Linux client contained a single

[2004/02/23 11:55:35, 1]
smbd/service.c:make_connection(636) linuxbox
( connect to service sharedir$ as user
lynn (uid=21776, gid=1) (pid 125438)

So clean, so elegant, so beautiful! :)

OTOH, the log file for the W2K client contained an
entry similar to the above, but was immediately
followed by about 30 messages of the form:

[2004/02/23 11:59:03, 0] smbd/password.c:user_ok(683) 
rejected user nobody:3004-302 Your account has
expired; please see the system administrator.
Now... my question: Why? What does the W2K client do
that triggers this barrage of rejected authentications
of a user 'nobody' (that is clearly not allowed to

More importantly, is there a way to configure EITHER
the W2K client or the Samba server (or both) to not
waste time on these unallowed accesses?

Since smbclient produces such a clean entry, I would
assume the fix must be on the client side (W2K) only.
But I would take any advice. :)

Thanks in advance,
Lynn (Samba 2.2.8a on AIX 5.1)

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