[Samba] Inexplicable rejection of credentials

Andreas Grabner andreas at vianova.cc
Tue Sep 17 02:42:57 MDT 2013

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"Paul D. DeRocco" <pderocco at ix.netcom.com> schrieb:

>I have a Windows home network with a bunch of Windows boxes and two Ubuntu
>boxes. Everything can access shares on everything else, with one
>exception: no one can get to the one share on the second Ubuntu box which
>I just added to the system.
>All my machines have one user account (admin privileges in Windows) with
>the name "pauld" and the same password. In an effort to solve this problem
>on the second Ubuntu box, I even copied the smb.conf file from the first
>Ubuntu box and edited its "netbios name" parameter. The only difference I
>can see in the configuration of the two boxes is the different computer
>names, which are reflected both in their hostnames and their netbios
>names. Oh, and I've rebooted everything several times.
>Yet when I attempt to access the sole share on this machine, either from a
>Windows machine or from the other Ubuntu box, it rejects the
>username/password. (One difference: Windows boxes fail on trying to open
>the machine; the older Ubuntu box can see open the machine and see the
>share name, but fail on trying to open the share. Dunno if that means
>For reference, here's the smb.conf from the offending machine:
>    workgroup = WORKGROUP
>    netbios name = BUILD
>    server string = %h server (Samba, Ubuntu)
>    dns proxy = no
>    name resolve order = bcast wins
>    log file = /var/log/samba/log.%m
>    max log size = 1000
>    syslog = 0
>    panic action = /usr/share/samba/panic-action %d
>    encrypt passwords = true
>    passdb backend = tdbsam
>    obey pam restrictions = yes
>    unix password sync = yes
>    passwd program = /usr/bin/passwd %u
>    passwd chat = *Enter\snew\s*\spassword:* %n\n
>*Retype\snew\s*\spassword:* %n\n *password\supdated\ssuccessfully* .
>    pam password change = yes
>    map to guest = bad user
>    usershare allow guests = yes
>    comment = All Printers
>    browseable = no
>    path = /var/spool/samba
>    printable = yes
>    guest ok = no
>    read only = yes
>    create mask = 0700
>    comment = Printer Drivers
>    path = /var/lib/samba/printers
>    browseable = yes
>    read only = yes
>    guest ok = no
>    comment = Everything
>    read only = no
>    path = /
>    browsable = yes
>    create mask = 755
>Most of this stuff was created automatically by installing Samba, so I
>don't really know what it means, or even if it's necessary. I stripped out
>all the comments, and manually added the [all] share at the end. (And I
>don't need any lectures about providing write access to root, please.) The
>ONLY difference between this file and the one on the working Ubuntu
>machine is the netbios name.
>There are no other mysterious files in /etc/samba that could be confusing
>things. No logs in /var/log/samba show any failures. So my general
>question is: how do I fix this? And a more specific question is: is there
>any other file somewhere that could be getting into the act, and screwing
>this machine up? If there isn't an answer forthcoming, how about this: how
>do I go about debugging this?
>Ciao,               Paul D. DeRocco
>Paul                mailto:pderocco at ix.netcom.com 
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