Fwd: [Samba] lazy samba server?

John Drescher drescherjm at gmail.com
Fri Jun 6 19:45:15 GMT 2008

On Fri, Jun 6, 2008 at 3:26 PM, George He <georgehe2007 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> I recently installed samba (3.0.28) on a linux box as a PDC. The networks
> has about 20 windows xp professional and a few Linux (all Fedora 8).
> Basically the server works OK but I have run into a few problems:
> Initially windows roaming profile was not configured. At that time,
> sometimes when a user tries to log on a windows machines, it would say
> "server not found" and the user wouldn't be able to logon.
> Later on, roaming profile was configured (and the user profiles are stored
> on another Linux server), then sometimes when a user tries to log on a
> windows, it would say the roaming profile was not found and a local profile
> would be used, or sometimes it would say "your local profile can not be
> found" and a temporary profile was used. Up to now, this problem can be
> resolved by restarting the windows.
> Both problems do not always happen, so users can use the computers with no
> problem most of the time. But it is irritating when it happens. I thought I
> might have installed too much stuff on the PDC, since I checked almost all
> of the optional package to be installed when Fedora 8 was installed. But the
> PDC was only used for user athentication and it is not busy at all. I have
> tried to increase the priority of the smb and nmb processes, but it seems to
> have no effect.
> Anybody know what might have caused the problems? Any suggestion is
> appreciated.

Probably a browsing issue. Do the windows machines find the PDC using
dns or wins? If wins have you added the wins server to all of the
windows machines?


John M. Drescher

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