System Error 53 in XP when trying to connecting to SAMBA

Allen, Michael B (RSCH) Michael_B_Allen at
Fri Nov 22 03:28:51 GMT 2002

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Dan De Cotiis [SMTP:ddecoti1 at]
> Sent:	Thursday, November 21, 2002 10:19 PM
> To:	smb-clients at
> Subject:	System Error 53 in XP when trying to connecting to SAMBA
> Hello everyone,
>                         I realize that some of what I am doing with SAMBA is not appropriate from a security standpoint, but I am simply trying to demonstrate a concept to others in my organization.
> I am trying to setup a public samba share that is accessible by members of my organization at remote campuses (I realize that using samba alone for this is probably a bad idea and that I should
> probably be using some  sort of VPN technique).  I need to support windows 98, 2000, and XP clients.  I have set SAMBA up correctly, I think because I can map a network drive to Windows 98 and 2000
> by mapping to \\\myshare <file:///\\\myshare>.  This technique does not work for my XP clients.
	What is this "technique" you're using? Is this some Samba hackery I have never seen before?

>   I am unable to map the drive in XP, and I get a "the network does not exist" error.  I have enabled NetBIOS over TCP/IP in the advanced TCP/IP settings dialogue, but when I open a command windows
> and type "net view \\\myshare <file:///\\\myshare>" I get a message that "System Error 53 has occurred".
	C:\>net helpmsg 53
	The network path was not found.

	Which means that it cannot find a share with that name but it's not clear what name is being
	passed through to sambe. Is it 'myshare <file:///' or something else?

>  When I issue this same command in 98 and 2000 I don't have a problem, and the command returns a list of available shares on the samba server.  I know the XP doesn't play nice with samba, but can
> any offer a suggestion as to what I can do to allow the XP clients to see the shares? 
	Sounds like XP is interpreting your hacked UNC path. You should get a capture with Ethereal
	or NetMon and see what the share name is in the SMB_COM_TREE_CONNECT_ANX
	message is.

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