[Samba] Windows XP suddenly loses access to servers

Volker Lendecke Volker.Lendecke at SerNet.DE
Fri Jun 17 13:44:07 MDT 2011

On Fri, Jun 17, 2011 at 03:31:37PM -0400, Alex wrote:
> I hope everyone's enjoying the nice weather.
> I am called the system admin here, but really I just fell into the
> job over the past 25 years.
> Is there a way to search the archives?
> My problem is that I've suddenly got 6 WinXP desktops that can
> access only 1 of my 5 smb servers, 4 of which run on Linux and 1 on
> SCO Unix.  The 1 they can access runs Linux with Samba version
> 3.0.26a and is also my DHCP server and WINS server.  SCO Unix runs
> 2.2.5. Others are versions 3.4.0, 3.5.4,  and 3.0.28a.  All servers
> are setup with security = share.  I use file permissions to control
> access.  I have had SCO and 1 Linux running in virtual machines via
> vmware and virtualbox for about 9 months.  In general, I have been
> running Linux with Samba this way for 8 years and SCO with Samba for
> 10.
> Everything was fine on Wednesday, 6/17 and on Thursday morning WinXP
> had no access.  It reports error 58.  I have 5 Linux desktops that
> report no problems and have access to all servers via smb.
> No WinXP updates had been installed that I know of and none on
> Linux, either.
> My initial feeling was to blame my switch, but my laptop, running
> WinXP, can access all servers plugged into the same cat5 cable as
> any desktop.

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