[Samba] Domain not available even minutes after workstation startup

Gaiseric Vandal gaiseric.vandal at gmail.com
Tue Aug 31 06:00:43 MDT 2010

Did you check the event logs in Windows-  they may provide some 
additional info.

This error sounded familiar-  most of my users are in a Samba domain, 
but I have one group that uses Windows 2003 active directory domain.  A 
few years back they had some weird issues that ended up being (possibly) 
related to the gigabit network connection.    It had been hard to trace 
and had only been affecting newer machines.

I think the following link was relevant.


On 08/30/2010 11:29 PM, Abe Lau wrote:
> Yes, the PDC is also acting as the WINS server.  The XP workstation is 
> using WINS, set via DHCP (option netbios-name-servers <ip address of 
> the PDC>;)
> On Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 10:43 PM, Gaiseric Vandal 
> <gaiseric.vandal at gmail.com <mailto:gaiseric.vandal at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     Is the PDC also a WINS server?  Are the XP workstations using WINS?
>     On 08/29/2010 09:01 PM, Abe Lau wrote:
>         Hi all,
>         I have recently experienced an intermittent problem of getting
>         the error
>         message of "Domain not available" at initial logon of some XP
>         workstations
>         connected to a Samba PDC.  The domain does not seems to be
>         available after
>         some time after initial bootup of the XP workstation, from a
>         minute or two,
>         to more than 10 minutes sometimes.
>         Is there anyway to speed up this process?  Thanks!
>         I have set HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows
>         NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogoncachedlogonscount to 0 to workaround
>         the problem
>         of having the logon frozen (and folders not being redirected)
>         during initial
>         logon when the network is not ready.
>         Abe
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