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Old 01-28-2005, 05:23 AM   #1
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Win98 takes forever to logon to Samba Server


Greetings All

I am running FC2 kernel-2.6.10-XXX and Samba 3.0.10-XXX as a PDC and file server at my school (I'm at home now and can't remember full version numbers). Every hour when the classes switch over, an average of 5 out of 32 students will have to attempt to logon 3 or more times from the Win98 client machines. There is no regular pattern. On different days this problem is encountered by different users on different machines. I have 4 win2k machines which have no problem at all to log on. Total users about 500. %g.bat logon file mounts 3 network drives.

All suggestions welcome.
 
Old 01-28-2005, 01:50 PM   #2
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What error do they get when they try to login?
 
Old 01-28-2005, 03:46 PM   #3
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After i enter username, password and domain and wait for about 1 minute i get the error

"the domain password you supplied is not correct, or access to your logon server has been denied"
 
Old 01-28-2005, 03:52 PM   #4
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What are you using to store the user details in? Are they on file or in some kind of database?

You may find that using a service such as LDAP increases the performance a bit as the databases will be stored in memory.
 
Old 01-28-2005, 04:55 PM   #5
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toss win98 !

I've done some network administration for a small company. guess which clients showed irregular and irrational behaviour.

missing network drives, lost passwords ... just weird stuff.

All the phone calls I got... the next day all would run fine again - WITHOUT me doing anything at all.
 
Old 01-28-2005, 09:57 PM   #6
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I have to stick to Win98 and Microsoft in general
Reasons?
The age and specs. of the machines. Some P1 233Mhz 64MB ram etc.. , so I can't upgrade to Wiin2k or Linux (with GUI)
Courses in MSOffice - Word, Excel, Access - Exams designed for those apps only - means no Open Office
Maintain familiar environment for both staff and students and home and school - Though a Newbie I'm already in love with linux but live in a MS world here. At the mention of complete system switch somebody might have a cow. i wouldn't dare.

Anyway "rtspitz" you are correct about the irregular behaviour. Though the only problem i have is "the domain password you supplied is not correct, or access to your logon server has been denied" message at logon.

Are there any smb parameters i could play with to assist the logon?

Here is one solution from Microsoft
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q187228/
But how do I "Configure the Samba server to support Challenge-Handshake Authentication Protocol (CHAP) password encryption"

I'll continue Googlin' but keep brainstorming

Thanks
 
Old 01-29-2005, 03:43 AM   #7
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Read http://us2.samba.org/samba/docs/man/smb.conf.5.html
 
Old 01-29-2005, 06:01 AM   #8
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Electro

I had to edit the smb.conf file when I was setting up samba. I use swat and always check the man pages and parameter definations etc... Yesterday I tested my new HP LJ1320 ptinter by printing this exact file so I could have a better read. I actually fell asleep reading the man pages last.

Where exactly should I look?
What parameters should I consider editing to solve my problem?
 
Old 02-16-2005, 09:19 PM   #9
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PROBLEM SOLVED

edited lmhosts file on File server (Linux) and added all the win98 machines

MachineName static ip

Thanks for all the help

Now on to my next problem - network printing. Look for the post to help
 
  


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