[Samba] upgrade broke XP workstation logins, variably

David Mathog mathog at caltech.edu
Wed Sep 3 18:37:28 GMT 2008

Some progress following these actions:

saf01 workstation:  changed domain SAF -> Workgroup WORKGROUP
SMB server:         smbpasswd -x -m saf01
                    smbpasswd -a -m saf01
saf01:              reboot
                    changed workgroup WORKGROUP -> domain SAF

After that
% smbclient -L saf01 -U 'saf/mathog%(password)'

did connect.  Howerver, as before it cleared the contents of
the server and workgroup fields shown by the smbclient command.

Seems like there is some incompatibility on the upgrade for the existing
workstation passwords.

Anyway, and better yet, domain logon succeeded after the above changes,
both for an old user (had a profile) and a new user (had no profile)

On the other hand...

Changes to the desktop of "mathog" (an existing user) are not being
maintained between logins.  For instance change the Start menu from
normal to classic, log out, log back in, and it is back to "normal".
Ditto for desktop rearrangements. Conversely, changes for the new user
(profile just created) are maintained.  The only difference that is
obvious in the profile directories is that the former has a file:

-r-x------  1 mathog biostaff       8 2008-09-03 11:02 ntuser.pol*

and the latter doesn't.  The contents of that file are:

% od -c ~mathog/profile/ntuser.pol
0000000   P   R   e   g 001  \0  \0  \0

Removing it didn't make any difference though.  Presumably nuking the
profile directory in the existing accounts will enable them to save
changes, although that seems like a very crude fix.

It has been suggested that my smb.conf should have been changed at the
upgrade.  Well, here it is (minus blank lines and comments), I don't see
anything wrong with it, perhaps one of you does:

        workgroup = SAF
        server string = Samba Server
        interfaces = eth0
        smb passwd file = /usr/local/samba/private/smbpasswd
        passwd chat = 
        log file = /var/log/samba/%m.log
        socket options = TCP_NODELAY SO_RCVBUF=8192 SO_SNDBUF=8192
        load printers = No
        logon script = scripts\everybody.bat
        domain logons = Yes
        os level = 64
        preferred master = Yes
        domain master = Yes
        dns proxy = No
        wins server =
        ldap ssl = no
        hosts allow = 131.215., 127.
        comment = Home Directories
        read only = No
        create mask = 0700
        directory mask = 0700
        browseable = No
        comment = All Printers
        path = /var/spool/samba
        printable = Yes
        browseable = No
        comment = Contains login script which just mounts PDB area
        path = /u1/usr/netlogon
        comment = PDB database directory
        path = /u4/pdb
        comment = user's profile directories
        path = /u1/usr/people/%u/profile
        read only = No
        create mask = 0700
        directory mask = 0700
        browseable = No

This is Samba 3.0.28a (32bit, if that matters).


David Mathog
mathog at caltech.edu
Manager, Sequence Analysis Facility, Biology Division, Caltech

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