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checkmate3001 02-17-2008 04:18 AM

Samba PDC: Windows NT client always displays "Welcome to windows NT"
I have a samba server that is the PDC for a mix of Windows NT and 2000 clients. I'm just starting to setup the windows NT clients and have an annoying "Welcome to Windows NT" dialog that shows up every time I log in.

There are apparently two different "Welcome to Windows NT" dialogs that show up. One has a check box to never display it again. The other (which is the one I keep getting) does not have this check box.

The samba server is setup to host roaming profiles.

I'm sorry I can't post the smb.conf file right now as it's at my work - and I'm not.

Has anyone run into this problem and found out how to fix it?

Oh - the Windows 2000 machines have no problem (yet...).

Thank you.

checkmate3001 02-23-2008 06:11 PM

Here is my smb.conf


workgroup = INTRANET
netbios name = SERVER
server string = %h server
interfaces =, eth1
obey pam restrictions = Yes
passdb backend = tdbsam
passwd program = /usr/bin/passwd %u
passwd chat = *Enter\snew\sUNIX\spassword:* %n\n *Retype\snew\sUNIX\spassword:* %n\n
*password\supdated\ssuccessfully* .
username map = /etc/samba/smbusers
syslog = 0
log file = /var/log/samba/log.%m
max log size = 500
printcap name = cups
show add printer wizard = No
add user script = /usr/sbin/useradd -m %u
delete user script = /usr/sbin/userdel -r %u
add group script = /usr/sbin/groupadd %g
delete group script = /usr/sbin/groupdel %g
add user to group script = /usr/sbin/usermod -G %g %u
add machine script = /usr/sbin/useradd -s /bin/false -d /home/nobody %u
logon script = logon.bat
logon path = \\%L\profiles\%U\%a
logon drive = H:
domain logons = Yes
os level = 65
preferred master = Yes
domain master = Yes
dns proxy = No
wins support = Yes
ldap ssl = no
panic action = /usr/share/samba/panic-action %d
printing = cups
print command =
lpq command = %p
lprm command =

comment = Home Directories
valid users = %S
read only = No
create mask = 0700
directory mask = 0700
browseable = No

comment = Technician Files
path = /home/techfiles
valid users = *******
read only = No
create mask = 0777
directory mask = 0777

comment = Applications
path = /home/apps
read only = No
create mask = 0777
directory mask = 0777

comment = Public Shared Directory
path = /home/public
read only = No
guest ok = Yes

comment = Network Logon Service
path = /var/lib/samba/netlogon
guest ok = Yes
browseable = No

comment = Network Profiles Share
path = /var/lib/samba/profiles
read only = No
create mask = 0600
directory mask = 0700
profile acls = Yes
store dos attributes = Yes

comment = All Printers
path = /var/spool/samba
guest ok = Yes
printable = Yes
use client driver = Yes
browseable = No
Anyone know why Windows NT client won't keep folder view preferences (show extensions for known filetypes, open folders in the same window, etc.) and why everytime I log on it displays a "Welcome to Windows NT" window?

It is driving me nuts. I think this has to do with some file permissions or something. It also seems that the windows nt registry is having some difficulties. I can't open certain keys to change some settings.

Would it have anything to do with the fact that I have both Windows 2000 and NT machines? Do they conflict with each other?

I am clueless...

checkmate3001 02-23-2008 10:04 PM

Well... whatever I did in between getting it working with 2000 and messing with it on NT caused 2000 to have the same issue... Profiles are broken... I will sort this out.

checkmate3001 02-24-2008 04:33 AM

I am curious now (after many hours of tweaking/reconfiguring) if anyone has successfully AND consistently gotten samba to function as a PDC for a mix of windows clients...

anyone? anyone?

I'm so over it.

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