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Old 04-27-2004, 06:10 AM   #1
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Samba as PDC with Debian : domain network path not found


I have installed Samba 3 on Debian Woody, configured all the needed accounts and all to use it as a PDC, but I cannot join the domain with my Windows 2000 workstations.

I can ping the samba machine (by IP or NetBIOS name). I also can access it in windows explorer by typing "\\ip address" or "\\netbiosname", and i have read/write access to the shares. windows explorer adds a new domain in the tree view (network neighbourhood) and displays the server as being par of that domain. but if i click the domain icon, i get the "network path not found" message, the same I get when I try to make my windows 2000 join the domain.

I already tried lots of different suggestions i've found online, but none of them seems to solve that issue.

Do you have some ideas ?

Thanks a lot
Old 04-27-2004, 06:53 AM   #2
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If I recall correctly, when I had this problem, it turned out to be because the netbios name server wasn't running on the PDC. I don't know if it's strictly necessary, but it solved my problem.

If you type 'nmbd' at the command prompt, it might solve your problem...
Old 04-27-2004, 07:32 AM   #3
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nmbd is running properly thanks anyway
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I moved to samba 3, and that error is gone

The Win2000 client can see the domain now, but the password never matches (for root).

I tried to set "password backend" to smbpassdb and tdb and it still does not work

The machine account and all that stuff is added properly though...

Any suggestions please ?
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Have you tried checking your firewall?

On Redhat and Fedora:

redhat-config-securitylevel at the command line.

Make sure the network adapter is a trusted device.
Old 04-28-2004, 12:34 AM   #6
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no firewall yet, it's a testing machine with a clean debian and only samba
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i am not an expert by any stretch of the imagination, but we are running debian and samba as a PDC and have been for about 20 months. and, when we had this problem, it revolved about our firewall (and, i know that you said that there is no firewall involved here), missing static routes and missing DNS entries.
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Samba and smb protocol in general rely heavily on netbios working properly. I know you said that you can ping it by netbios name but what machine is running your wins server? Are both the PDC and the workstation pointed to it? I'm sure you know this but just in case the Samba PDC cannot be both a WINS server and a WINS client.


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