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One of the remote servers we maintain is having problems. It's been behaving sluggishly all morning, and even when it does come up, the networked connections our client needs aren't being found by the program that uses them. This has just occured this morning; everything was working correctly yesterday.
These connections are supposed to be set up via samba. I have attempted to use a modified program I built from code scavenged from the application the client is using, and cannot manage to connect to the remote box with that, either. (An attempt to see the DWORD error message the windows-side box was getting passed back simply ladled out the number 64 - anyone have any clue what kind of error message that might refer to?)
It is possible to ping the remote box. It is possible, via putty, to enter the command line for the remote box. I have been told that on the far end (where the box physically is), they have gotten into the gui. ('At the screen with the bombs', which I'm assuming is the gui, as I have a similar screen for the background on my test box.) The only non-functional way of connecting seems to be via samba. However, the other methods of connection are all running slowly; it took ages for the system to come up after a restart, apparently, and it takes longer than it should for putty to go from asking me for my password to showing the command line prompt. (About a minute, minute and a half maybe; normal response is almost instantaneous.)
I have gone in to the command line to receive the status of samba; the copy in /etc/pam.d/ shows a status of running. I have gone in with Webmin to attempt to verify whether or not Samba is running; it appears to be doing so. (Restarted it from the webmin page to make sure.) None of these is having any effect, so far as I can see; my own program still won't link to the samba directory on the remote box.
Does anyone have any suggestions as to what else I might try to fix this?