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Old 11-03-2005, 05:12 PM   #1
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Angry Can't log into SAMBA at first time

Hey guys, how are you?

Well, I'm having some problems with SAMBA that are really pissing me off. Let me explain:

At first, we had a RH 9 server running. It always crashed and it was far away from update and since RH isn't releasing any more free updates, we've chosen to change it to Debian. I choose it because I'm pretty more used to it.

When we were zeroing the server, we setup it to run at until we bring up all the services (SAMBA, NAMED, DHCP, NIS and NFS). We had a lot of problems during the process and a implementation that usually would take nothing more than 2 days is taking a week, just because SAMBA isn't tunned up.

Well, that especific problem is that when we changed the IP address to, the clients can't login at first, but when they try again, with the same user and password, all became and things work out. The error seems to be something related to users or passwords, because it pops up a message talking about it (I'm not at work right now, so I can't paste it).

The guy that works with me say it's something related to WINS, but my guess is that is something related to passwords and all that plain-encrypted-ntlm-ntlm2-and-blah-blah-blah stuff. I guess that because since the client finds out the server and receive an answer like that, it seems that there are connection after all.

I was looking for the answer in Google and all the search engines that I never heard of and I stiff have no answer. So... if anybody could help not losing my job, I would be happy.

Sorry about my lousy english, I'm brazilian.

Hugs and so on.
Old 11-04-2005, 03:54 AM   #2
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Are you having your users authenticating via Samba for workstation logins, or simply to access Windows shares / printers? Moving the IP address shouldn't make a difference so long as the relevant services (smbd, winbind, etc.) are restart accordingly. How are your clients becoming aware of the IP address change?
Old 01-16-2006, 04:41 AM   #3
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I've managed to correct the problem deleting the content of the /var/lib/samba directory and restarting the service. The problem was that the wins.dat (The file that is responsible for NetBIOS name resolving) was pointing to an unknown host with the old IP address. So when it tries to log in, the request is sent to the old address. When the user tries again, the request is sent to the right address.

Thanks for the help!


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