[Samba] Samba kerberos more time sensitive that Windows?

Jason Haar Jason.Haar at trimble.co.nz
Thu Mar 15 19:58:19 GMT 2007

Jeremy Allison wrote:
> It truely is a strange case. I find that if I change
> the clock on the client and log in it re-syncs the
> time from the DC and all connections to servers work
> (as you'd expect with the correct time).
> If I log in then change the client time and then attach
> to the Samba server it fails to login (interal logs show
> clock-skew errors). 

That is our situation. Whatever this VMware bug is, it is stopping the
virtualized OS from slewing the time. So I'd guess the OS fails to be
able to re-sync against the DC,  and so it fails later when it tries
connecting to the Samba server. However (as mentioned in my original
mail), this problem doesn't appear to affect Win2K3 servers - only Samba.

As mentioned, this problem is really a VMware problem, so we're off
fixing the cause - but I think it's always a good idea to make Samba
look more like a Windows server - even if it means handling such a
hare-brained situation. But - that's easy for me to say :-)


Jason Haar
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