[Samba] Samba PDC, can't login into WinXP without network connection

John Price jp_samba at gcfl.net
Thu Oct 9 02:23:11 GMT 2008

I've setup a Samba PDC (3.0.28a). I can join the domain
with a Windows XP sp3 laptop and logon with no problems,
but if I try to logon while the laptop is not connected to
the network, it will not allow it.

"The system cannot log you on now because the domain
DOMAIN is not available."

I have the following policies set on the windows machine:

Interactive logon: Number of previous logons to cache (in
case domain controller is not available)     10 logons

Interactive logon: Require Domain Controller
authentication to unlock workstation        Disabled

I know that there should be a way for windows to cache the
logon so that the PDC does not have to be available.

Samba config attached.

Any help would be appreciated.

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	workgroup = HOME
	server string = %h server
	obey pam restrictions = Yes
	passdb backend = tdbsam
	pam password change = Yes
	passwd program = /usr/bin/passwd %u
	passwd chat = *Enter\snew\s*\spassword:* %n\n *Retype\snew\s*\spassword:* %n\n *password\supdated\ssuccessfully* .
	unix password sync = Yes
	syslog = 0
	log file = /var/log/samba/log.%m
	max log size = 1000
	socket options = TCP_NODELAY SO_RCVBUF=8192 SO_SNDBUF=8192
	printcap name = cups
	logon script = scripts\%U.cmd
	logon path = 
	logon drive = H:
	domain logons = Yes
	domain master = Yes
	dns proxy = No
	wins support = Yes
	panic action = /usr/share/samba/panic-action %d
	idmap uid = 10000-20000
	idmap gid = 10000-20000
	template shell = /bin/bash
	winbind enum users = Yes
	winbind enum groups = Yes

	comment = Home Directories
	valid users = %S
	read only = No
	create mask = 0660
	directory mask = 0660
	browseable = No

	comment = Share Directory
	path = /home/share
	force group = allusers
	read only = No
	create mask = 0660
	force create mode = 0660
	directory mask = 0770
	force directory mode = 0770

	comment = Network Logon Service
	path = /home/samba/netlogon
	admin users = jp
	guest ok = Yes
	share modes = No

	comment = All Printers
	path = /var/spool/samba
	read only = No
	create mask = 0777
	guest ok = Yes
	printable = Yes
	use client driver = Yes
	browseable = No

	comment = Printer Drivers
	path = /var/lib/samba/printers
	write list = @users

	comment = Server CD-ROM
	path = /cdrom
	guest ok = Yes
	locking = No
	preexec = /bin/mount /cdrom
	postexec = /bin/umount /cdrom

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