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

Rashkae rashkae at tigershaunt.com
Thu Mar 4 22:16:06 GMT 2004

Why W2k is trying to connect as guest is anyone's guess... But
regardless, your problems will probably go away once you have a valid
guest account...

Find out what the Unix user for your guest account is, (Samba
defaults to nobody) and set the guest accout option in smb.conf.


On Thu, Mar 04, 2004 at 01:53:55PM -0800, Linux Lover wrote:
> 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:
> 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
> entry:
> [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
> enter)?
> 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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