[Samba] Windows 98 connection problems on MacOSX

robert b jsp7rc002 at sneakemail.com
Sat May 20 15:52:24 GMT 2006

I'm having problems connecting to a Samba server from my Windows 98 machine.  Ultimately, I would like printing to work.  But, I'm just trying to get the "homes" part to work first.

Samba 3.x is running on a Mac OSX 10.4.  I can connect using smbclient on both the Mac itself and on my Linux machine.  For example,

$ smbclient //mini/noelle

works.  It asks for a password, I type it in and I'm in.  But, when I try


from my Windows 98 machine, it always fails.  It asks for a password, I type it in, and it says "The password is incorrect.  Try again".  Also, it says "Resource \\MINI\IPC$".

I had had "encrypt passwords = no" and smbclient wouldn't work.  But, after I changed it to "encrypt passwords = yes", it started working.

I tried adding the "log level = 5" hoping that I would get more diagnostics about what is happening, but it produces no more diagnostics.  At least, not on this Mac.

I included my smb.conf below.

Any help in trying to figure out what's happening, I'd appreciate it.


  log level = 5
  guest account = unknown
  valid users = robertsmb noelle robert
  encrypt passwords = yes
  auth methods = guest opendirectory
  passdb backend = opendirectorysam guest
  printer admin = @admin, @staff
  server string = mini
  unix charset = UTF-8-MAC
  display charset = UTF-8-MAC
  dos charset = 437
  use spnego = yes
  os level = 8
  defer sharing violations = no
  vfs objects = darwin_acls
  brlm = yes
   comment = User Home Directories
   browseable = yes
   read only = no

;   path = /tmp
;   public = yes
;   only guest = yes
;   writable = yes
;   printable = no

  path = /tmp
  printable = yes
  guest ok = yes

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