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Old 08-06-2003, 12:34 PM   #1
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Joining Win2k client to a samba PDC

Dear all,

I enclose my smb.conf below.

Samba starts up fine, all networking works. When I join the domain from the win 2k box, the request for username and password comes up, and i merrily put int 'root' and the password.

whereupon i get this message:

'The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted'

I know for a fact that the domain HAS been contacted because the username/password box comes up.

I have the samba domain in the lmhosts file of the win2k box and WINS disabled. I have the win2k ip address and netbios name in the samba lmhosts file.

all firewall rules were flushed.

the samba server is, and the win2k box is they are in slightly different subnets so both have netmasks of

here's my smb.conf:

;basic server settings
workgroup = radhakrishnan
netbios name = monster
server string = Samba PDC running %v

;PDC settings
os level = 64
local master = yes
domain master = yes
preferred master = yes
domain logons = yes

;security and logging settings
security = user
encrypt passwords = yes
update encrypted = yes
password level = 4
log file = /var/log/samba/log.%m
log level = 2
max log size = 50
hosts allow =

;user profiles and home directory
; next line is 9x/ME specific
logon home = \\%L\%U\.profile
logon drive = H:
logon path = \\%L\profiles\%U
logon script = netlogon.bat


comment = Home Directories
browseable = no
writeable = yes

path = /home/samba/profiles
writeable = yes
browseable = no
create mask = 0600
directory mask = 0700

comment = Network Logon Service
path = /home/netlogon
read only = yes
browseable = no
Old 08-06-2003, 05:54 PM   #2
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specified domain does not exist

can anyone tell me what I can do,
when the win2K client contacts the samba PDC, sends the username and password, but THEN says:

'the specified domain does not exist...'

Old 08-06-2003, 06:43 PM   #3
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I noticed that in the security and logging settings section, you set security = user
I think it should be security = domain
This will tell Samba to perform full NT-domain authentication.
Old 08-07-2003, 10:34 AM   #4
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I'll try that, but EVERY PDC tutorial/walk-through etc. says security MUST be 'user'...


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