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Old 04-28-2004, 07:50 PM   #1
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Unhappy Windows 98 and SAMBA

I am running Linux Fedora Core 1 as my Samba server. I have a dual boot for test purposes Linux workstation, Windows 2000, and Win98. The purpose here is to figure out how to get win98 to connect to the Samba server. I can see my Windows 2003 server, and I can see my linux box, but when I click to sign on I get this message ...

"The password is incorrect. Try again.

Please help!

Old 04-28-2004, 09:27 PM   #2
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Have you logged into your Win98 machine using the username that the samba share needs?

Win98 doesn't prompt you for a username and password. It automatically sends the current username you are logged in with as the share username.

I've got a couple of samba servers set up where we have between 5 and 10 win98 machines connecting to it with no probs.

Let me know how you get on. I can send my smb.conf if you need it.

Old 05-02-2004, 12:27 PM   #3
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Yes, I am logging in with the same username and password as the samba share ... show me what your smb.conf file looks like. Thank you for the help ...


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Old 05-02-2004, 06:48 PM   #4
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Hi Laura,

This is the server I have that hosts approx 10 Win98 clients.

#======================= Global Settings =====================================

# workgroup = NT-Domain-Name or Workgroup-Name
workgroup = support

# server string is the equivalent of the NT Description field
server string = tsd-images

# This option is important for security. It allows you to restrict
# connections to machines which are on your local network. The
# following example restricts access to two C class networks and
# the "loopback" interface. For more examples of the syntax see
# the smb.conf man page
hosts allow = 10.113.

# if you want to automatically load your printer list rather
# than setting them up individually then you'll need this
printcap name = /etc/printcap
load printers = yes

# It should not be necessary to spell out the print system type unless
# yours is non-standard. Currently supported print systems include:
# bsd, sysv, plp, lprng, aix, hpux, qnx, cups
printing = cups

# Uncomment this if you want a guest account, you must add this to /etc/passwd
# otherwise the user "nobody" is used
; guest account = pcguest

# this tells Samba to use a separate log file for each machine
# that connects
log file = /var/log/samba/%m.log

# Put a capping on the size of the log files (in Kb).
max log size = 0

# Security mode. Most people will want user level security. See
# security_level.txt for details.

# Use password server option only with security = server
# The argument list may include:
# password server = My_PDC_Name [My_BDC_Name] [My_Next_BDC_Name]
# or to auto-locate the domain controller/s
# password server = *
; password server = <NT-Server-Name>

# Password Level allows matching of _n_ characters of the password for
# all combinations of upper and lower case.
; password level = 8
; username level = 8

# You may wish to use password encryption. Please read
# ENCRYPTION.txt, Win95.txt and WinNT.txt in the Samba documentation.
# Do not enable this option unless you have read those documents
encrypt passwords = yes
smb passwd file = /etc/samba/smbpasswd

# The following is needed to keep smbclient from spouting spurious errors
# when Samba is built with support for SSL.
; ssl CA certFile = /usr/share/ssl/certs/ca-bundle.crt

# The following are needed to allow password changing from Windows to
# update the Linux system password also.
# NOTE: Use these with 'encrypt passwords' and 'smb passwd file' above.
# NOTE2: You do NOT need these to allow workstations to change only
# the encrypted SMB passwords. They allow the Unix password
# to be kept in sync with the SMB password.
unix password sync = Yes
passwd program = /usr/bin/passwd %u
passwd chat = *New*password* %n\n *Retype*new*password* %n\n *passwd:*all*authentication*tokens*updated*successfully*

# You can use PAM's password change control flag for Samba. If
# enabled, then PAM will be used for password changes when requested
# by an SMB client instead of the program listed in passwd program.
# It should be possible to enable this without changing your passwd
# chat parameter for most setups.

pam password change = yes

# Unix users can map to different SMB User names
; username map = /etc/samba/smbusers

# Using the following line enables you to customise your configuration
# on a per machine basis. The %m gets replaced with the netbios name
# of the machine that is connecting
; include = /etc/samba/smb.conf.%m

# This parameter will control whether or not Samba should obey PAM's
# account and session management directives. The default behavior is
# to use PAM for clear text authentication only and to ignore any
# account or session management. Note that Samba always ignores PAM
# for authentication in the case of encrypt passwords = yes

obey pam restrictions = yes

# Most people will find that this option gives better performance.
# See speed.txt and the manual pages for details
socket options = TCP_NODELAY SO_RCVBUF=8192 SO_SNDBUF=8192

# Configure Samba to use multiple interfaces
# If you have multiple network interfaces then you must list them
# here. See the man page for details.
; interfaces =

# Configure remote browse list synchronisation here
# request announcement to, or browse list sync from:
# a specific host or from / to a whole subnet (see below)
; remote browse sync =
# Cause this host to announce itself to local subnets here
; remote announce =

# Browser Control Options:
# set local master to no if you don't want Samba to become a master
# browser on your network. Otherwise the normal election rules apply
; local master = no

# OS Level determines the precedence of this server in master browser
# elections. The default value should be reasonable
; os level = 33

# Domain Master specifies Samba to be the Domain Master Browser. This
# allows Samba to collate browse lists between subnets. Don't use this
# if you already have a Windows NT domain controller doing this job
; domain master = yes

# Preferred Master causes Samba to force a local browser election on startup
# and gives it a slightly higher chance of winning the election
; preferred master = yes

# Enable this if you want Samba to be a domain logon server for
# Windows95 workstations.
; domain logons = yes

# if you enable domain logons then you may want a per-machine or
# per user logon script
# run a specific logon batch file per workstation (machine)
; logon script = %m.bat
# run a specific logon batch file per username
; logon script = %U.bat

# Where to store roving profiles (only for Win95 and WinNT)
# %L substitutes for this servers netbios name, %U is username
# You must uncomment the [Profiles] share below
; logon path = \\%L\Profiles\%U

# Windows Internet Name Serving Support Section:
# WINS Support - Tells the NMBD component of Samba to enable it's WINS Server
; wins support = yes

# WINS Server - Tells the NMBD components of Samba to be a WINS Client
# Note: Samba can be either a WINS Server, or a WINS Client, but NOT both
; wins server = w.x.y.z

# WINS Proxy - Tells Samba to answer name resolution queries on
# behalf of a non WINS capable client, for this to work there must be
# at least one WINS Server on the network. The default is NO.
; wins proxy = yes

# DNS Proxy - tells Samba whether or not to try to resolve NetBIOS names
# via DNS nslookups. The built-in default for versions 1.9.17 is yes,
# this has been changed in version 1.9.18 to no.
username map = /etc/samba/smbusers
dns proxy = no

# Case Preservation can be handy - system default is _no_
# NOTE: These can be set on a per share basis
; preserve case = no
; short preserve case = no
# Default case is normally upper case for all DOS files
; default case = lower
# Be very careful with case sensitivity - it can break things!
; case sensitive = no

#============================ Share Definitions ==============================

comment = Images
path = /Share/Images
writeable = yes
create mask = 2770

Hope this helps. Good luck.

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I will try this out ...

Old 05-03-2004, 11:11 PM   #6
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Hi Laura,

I just remembered a problem I had a while ago. Not just on a Win98 box. You might want to check it out though.

Is your local user account different to the samba user?

For example. When I had the problems, I had the same user account mapping to a samba user that was identical... in my case....

craig mapped to craig in smbusers

I was having all sorts of problems until I changed it.

craig mapped to craig1 worked no problems.

Give it a go and see if it helps.

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Smile Samba for Win98 compact example

I have installed Debian-Linux and Windows98
Samba for Win98 compact example:
I wanted access to a Linux folder as Fileserver and bachup for my Win98 clients.
Access without password and no oportunity to acces a folder on my Linux machine outside the share.
Also good protection against unknown computers from the internet, because my Debian-Linux is also my router to the internet.
Therefore a dedicated user, who is owner and group only for this share and exclusion of the acccess from the internet.

Description of all the steps i needed (after time-consuming parsing the internet and dokumentation).

Command: adduser pcshare
Command: chmod /home/pcshare 775
the following configuration in file /etc/samba/smb.conf
restart of Samba
on my system: /etc/init.d/samba restart

It's running now, but without any security.

# smb.conf

guest account = pcshare
workgroup = WORKGROUP
security = share

path = /home/pcshare
public = yes
read only = no
comment = Public to Windows

And now the security extensions against access from unknown internet users etc.

# smb.conf

guest account = pcshare
workgroup = WORKGROUP
security = share

# Security by granting access
# only for my internel network addresses.
# don't forget for administration tools!
interfaces =,,
bind interfaces only = yes

log file = /var/log/samba/log.%m

path = /home/pcshare
public = yes
read only = no
comment = Public to Windows

# Security
# by restricting permission flags
create mask = 664
directory mask = 775
security mask = 664

invalid users = root
hide dot files = yes

# restricting incompatible flags of windows
map archive = no
map hidden = no
map system = no

good luck!


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