[Samba] smbd keeps maxing out the cpu, must reboot server constantly [SOLVED]

James A. Dinkel jdinkel at bucoks.com
Tue Jan 9 16:38:06 GMT 2007

So now, I suppose I should let the list know what I've done to fix this.

I found two offending computers, that caused this problem.  The first
offending computer I found, I just assigned it a static IP and then
firewalled it off from the file server.  For it's purpose, it's doesn't
actually need to access the file server.  I then found a second computer
that was suspect, and confirmed it was doing the same thing.  It didn't
have any special software on it, so we just replaced it with a spare and
will wipe it's harddrive

I set up two test servers: one Debian Sarge using the Backports repo to
install Samba, and one Debian Etch with the native Samba.  I connected
the two bad workstations to these servers and neither exhibited the
maxed out proc.  Granted I've removed these two bad computers, but I
didn't want it to become an issue again in the future.  I decided on
using Debian Etch since it is within days (maybe) of being released as
Stable.  I made the switch last night, and so far so good.  Luckily I
took meticulous notes on my Ubuntu setup so I pretty much did the exact
same thing, with ONE difference: I used heimdal Kerberos on Debian
instead of the MIT Kerberos I used on Ubuntu, but the setup was the

James Dinkel
Network Engineer
Butler County of Kansas
There are 10 types of people in the world:  those who understand binary,
and those who don't.

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