[Samba] Strange issue with share visibility

Moss, Patricia pmoss at fcg.com
Tue Jan 29 12:41:19 GMT 2008

I am running Samba, version 3.0.25b-1.el5_1.4 , on a Linux box running
CentOS version 5.

My smb.conf is as follows:



#======================= Global Settings



# workgroup = NT-Domain-Name or Workgroup-Name, eg: MIDEARTH

   workgroup = FCGNET


# server string is the equivalent of the NT Description field

   server string = Samba Server


# Security mode. Defines in which mode Samba will operate. Possible 

# values are share, user, server, domain and ads. Most people will want 

# user level security. See the Samba-HOWTO-Collection for details.

#   security = user

   security = server


# This option is important for security. It allows you to restrict

# connections to machines which are on your local network. The

# following example restricts access to two C class networks and

# the "loopback" interface. For more examples of the syntax see

# the smb.conf man page

#;   hosts allow = 192.168.1. 192.168.2. 127.


# If you want to automatically load your printer list rather

# than setting them up individually then you'll need this

#   load printers = yes


# you may wish to override the location of the printcap file

#;   printcap name = /etc/printcap


# on SystemV system setting printcap name to lpstat should allow

# you to automatically obtain a printer list from the SystemV spool

# system

#;   printcap name = lpstat


# It should not be necessary to specify the print system type unless

# it is non-standard. Currently supported print systems include:

# bsd, cups, sysv, plp, lprng, aix, hpux, qnx

#;   printing = cups


# This option tells cups that the data has already been rasterized

#cups options = raw


# Uncomment this if you want a guest account, you must add this to

# otherwise the user "nobody" is used

#;  guest account = pcguest

  guest account = nobody


# this tells Samba to use a separate log file for each machine

# that connects

   log file = /var/log/samba/%m.log

   log level = 3


# Put a capping on the size of the log files (in Kb).

   max log size = 50


# Use password server option only with security = server

# The argument list may include:

#   password server = My_PDC_Name [My_BDC_Name] [My_Next_BDC_Name]

# or to auto-locate the domain controller/s

#   password server = *

   password server = stant05

#;   password server = <NT-Server-Name>


# Use the realm option only with security = ads

# Specifies the Active Directory realm the host is part of

#;   realm = MY_REALM


# Backend to store user information in. New installations should 

# use either tdbsam or ldapsam. smbpasswd is available for backwards

# compatibility. tdbsam requires no further configuration.

#;   passdb backend = tdbsam

;   passdb backend = smbpasswd


# Using the following line enables you to customise your configuration

# on a per machine basis. The %m gets replaced with the netbios name

# of the machine that is connecting.

# Note: Consider carefully the location in the configuration file of

#       this line.  The included file is read at that point.

;   include = /usr/local/samba/lib/smb.conf.%m


# Configure Samba to use multiple interfaces

# If you have multiple network interfaces then you must list them

# here. See the man page for details.

#;   interfaces = 


# Browser Control Options:

# set local master to no if you don't want Samba to become a master

# browser on your network. Otherwise the normal election rules apply

   local master = yes


# OS Level determines the precedence of this server in master browser

# elections. The default value should be reasonable

#;   os level = 33

   os level = 20


# Domain Master specifies Samba to be the Domain Master Browser. This

# allows Samba to collate browse lists between subnets. Don't use this

# if you already have a Windows NT domain controller doing this job

#;   domain master = yes 

   domain master = no 


# Preferred Master causes Samba to force a local browser election on

# and gives it a slightly higher chance of winning the election

#;   preferred master = yes

   preferred master = no


# Enable this if you want Samba to be a domain logon server for 

# Windows95 workstations. 

#;   domain logons = yes

   domain logons = no


# if you enable domain logons then you may want a per-machine or

# per user logon script

# run a specific logon batch file per workstation (machine)

#;   logon script = %m.bat

# run a specific logon batch file per username

#;   logon script = %U.bat


# Where to store roving profiles (only for Win95 and WinNT)

#        %L substitutes for this servers netbios name, %U is username

#        You must uncomment the [Profiles] share below

#;   logon path = \\%L\Profiles\%U


# Windows Internet Name Serving Support Section:

# WINS Support - Tells the NMBD component of Samba to enable it's WINS

#;   wins support = yes

   wins support = no


# WINS Server - Tells the NMBD components of Samba to be a WINS Client

#       Note: Samba can be either a WINS Server, or a WINS Client, but
NOT both

#;   wins server = w.x.y.z


# WINS Proxy - Tells Samba to answer name resolution queries on

# behalf of a non WINS capable client, for this to work there must be

# at least one  WINS Server on the network. The default is NO.

#;   wins proxy = yes

   wins proxy = no


# DNS Proxy - tells Samba whether or not to try to resolve NetBIOS names

# via DNS nslookups. The default is NO.

   dns proxy = no 


# These scripts are used on a domain controller or stand-alone 

# machine to add or delete corresponding unix accounts

#;  add user script = /usr/sbin/useradd %u

#;  add group script = /usr/sbin/groupadd %g

#;  add machine script = /usr/sbin/adduser -n -g machines -c Machine -d

l -s /bin/false %u

#;  delete user script = /usr/sbin/userdel %u

#;  delete user from group script = /usr/sbin/deluser %u %g

#;  delete group script = /usr/sbin/groupdel %g



#============================ Share Definitions


   comment = Home Directories

   browseable = no

   writable = yes



        comment = Files transferred from Bangalore

        writeable = yes

        path = /home/afd/frombangalore



        comment = Files transferred from Nashville

        writeable = yes

        path = /home/afd/fromnashville




The strange part is that if I execute the "net view" command from a DOS
prompt, I will get the listed shares, but if I run the "smbclient -L"
command from the Linux server, I am prompted for a password and then I
get an error message.  I know that it must be something in my config
file, I just can not seem to figure out what.


N:\>net view \\stalinux02

Shared resources at \\stalinux02

Samba Server

Share name     Type  Used as  Comment


frombangalore  Disk           Files transferred from Bangalore

fromnashville  Disk           Files transferred from Nashville

fromwayne      Disk           Files transferred from Wayne

The command completed successfully.



[root at stalinux02 samba]# smbclient -L stalinux02


session setup failed: NT_STATUS_LOGON_FAILURE




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