[Samba] Windows 8.1 client not able to see and connect to samba server

Eike Hinderk Jürrens e.h.juerrens at 52north.org
Wed Nov 19 04:33:37 MST 2014

Hi Marc,
thank you for your response.

On 18.11.2014 21:37, Marc Muehlfeld wrote:
> Hello Eike,
> Am 18.11.2014 um 14:05 schrieb Eike Hinderk Jürrens:
>> My Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 client are able to find the server and
>> connect to the shares but the Windows 8.1 client of a colleague is not
>> able to find and connect to the server.
>> The failing client is able to ping the IP of the samba server but when
>> connecting to it, I get the following error message:
>> 0x80004005 unspecified error
>> Searching for this error results in some hits that requires to change
>> three registry entries under
>> [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanManWorkstation\Parameters]
>> DWORD DomainCompatibilityMode 1
>> DWORD DNSNameResolutionRequired 0
>> DWORD RequireSecureNegotiate 0
>> All three do not solve the problem.
> If your other Win 8.1 client didn't require these changes, it can't be
> the cause on the other one. ;-)
> Registry changes are only required, if this is an NT4 domain - not an
> AD. And it's only required for joining the NT4 domain:
> https://wiki.samba.org/index.php/Registry_changes_for_NT4-style_domains
> But it's not that easy to help. You didn't gave much information about
> your environment.
> * Is this a Member/PDC/DC/Standalone?

The samba server is configured as standalone and should only server as
file server in a workgroup. The output of testparm -v can be found here:


> * DNS resolution on the client works?

Which client do you mean?
The failing Windows 8.1 client is able to resolve public domains but not
the hostname of the samba server to its IP.

> * Errors in the logs?

/var/log/samba/log.nmbd contains no errors and covers the last three
days incl. my tests from yesterday.

/var/log/samba/log.smbd contains errors about CUPS which where fixed by
disabling print stuff at all using

   printing = bsd
   printcap name = /dev/null

> * etc.

What else could I provide?

> Regards,
> MArc

Kind regards,

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