[Samba] No domain server was available to validate your password.

Jonathan Ryshpan jonrysh at pacbell.net
Fri Apr 8 22:30:25 GMT 2005

I am a Samba newbie who has just set up a Samba server running under
Fedora Core 3 and a client running under Win 98.  

When I log in, I get the message:
        No domain server was available to validate your password.  You
        may not be able to gain access to some network resources.

Also, Any attempt to see the network from "Network Neighborhood" or from
"Windows Explorer" fails with the error box:
        Unable to browse the network
        The network is not accessible
        For more information ...

I have run all the tests in the HOWTO section:
up to and including the last two:
	C:\WINDOWS>net use x: \\claremont\TMP
on the client, which does, in fact make the device x: on my client
equivalent to /tmp on my server, and
        $ nmblookup -M MYGROUP
        querying MYGROUP on MYGROUP<1d>
on the server, which looks OK.

Nevertheless (to repeat) attempts to browse the network from "Network
Neighborhood" or from "Windows Explorer" all fail.

I have taken some logs with ethereal.  The one attached, windowsLogin
shows activity from starting smbd and nmbd, through logging on from the
windows machine (amito) and and attempt to browse the network from it.
I have also attached my smb.conf file.

The network is very small.  It consists of only 3 machines:

	# Gateway to the Internet and name server for the local net	homeportal.gateway.2wire.net

	# Windows client	amito.localdomain	amito

	# Linux Samba server	claremont.localdomain	claremont

What's going on?

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# Samba config file created using SWAT
# from (
# Date: 2005/04/07 17:33:00

# Global parameters
	workgroup = MYGROUP
	server string = Samba Server
	auth methods = guest, sam
	username map = /etc/samba/smbusers
	log file = /var/log/samba/%m.log
	max log size = 50
	name resolve order = lmhosts host bcast
	server signing = auto
	socket options = TCP_NODELAY SO_SNDBUF=8192 SO_RCVBUF=8192
	printcap name = /etc/printcap
	preferred master = Yes
	domain master = Yes
	wins support = Yes
	ldap ssl = no
	idmap uid = 16777216-33554431
	idmap gid = 16777216-33554431
	cups options = raw

	comment = Home Directories
	read only = No

	comment = All Printers
	path = /var/spool/samba
	printable = Yes
	browseable = No

	comment = Temporary file space
	path = /tmp
	read only = No
	guest ok = Yes

	path = /home/jonrysh
	guest ok = Yes

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