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Old 05-11-2007, 05:06 PM   #1
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Unhappy Cannot write to samba share with XP guest under VMware Workstation 6 (Feisty host)

Hi all. My first post on LinuxQuestions:

My hardware platform:
Intel Pentium Core2Duo Conroe E6600
Asus P5B M/B (integrated Intel network and sound)
Asus (NVidia 7300GS) graphic card, 256 MB onboard

What's installed:
Ubuntu Feisty 7.04 (amd64) Beryl, nvidia drivers.
VMware Workstation 6 Beta (build 44426) for Linux.
Windows XP sp2 running in WMware WS as guest VM.
This client is configured for "bridged" networking in VMware WS.

There is a separate (non virtual)client in the workgroup running a similar XP setup.

There is a separate Ubuntu-Edgy samba-enabled fileserver.

when I try to save files from an Office app in the Virtual XP to the samba shares, I get an error message and the write fails.

This does not happen if I save normal text files.
This does not happen either with the standalone (non VMware) XP client, with almost identical OS setup.

The XP Event Viewer logs the following event:
Source: MRxSmb
Event ID: 50 
{Delayed Write Failed} Windows was unable to save all the data for the file \Device\LanmanRedirector.
The data has been lost. This error may be caused by a failure of your computer hardware or network connection.
Please try to save this file elsewhere.
The last word from the dump is
What I have tried so far:
- Tried all the workarounds suggested in MS KB articles matching the "c000020c" keyword search on Google.
- Tried to force the virtual network adaptor to 100Mbps (as suggested by some having a similar problem).
- Tried to swap network cables in case there was one defective.
- Started the thread below on the VMware support forum, where occasionally the dev guys jump in, but it didn't appear to interest them much... they seem more keen on answering licensing questions quickly and promptly.

My attention is now turning to the Samba server and/or to the physical network adapter, but I must say, I am getting quite desperate, as it goes... don't seem to find the way out.

Any help would be much appreciated. Feel free to ask any other details. Regards.
Old 05-14-2007, 11:55 AM   #2
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I made an incredible discovery today.

When I try to copy files larger than approx 1 MB directly from the Feisty Nautilus desktop to the samba network shares, I receive the following:

Error "Timeout reached" while copying "/home/[user][path][name]".
Would you like to continue?
So it looks like the problem lies in the communication between Ubuntu and the Samba fileserver! Not in VMware!

As stated before, the problem does not occur from the other XP client connected directly to the Samba fileserver.

The problem does not occur either when transferring in the opposite direction, i.e. from Samba to the Ubuntu desktop.

The problem looks similar to this other one I found on another forum:

Any ideas?
Old 05-17-2007, 04:22 PM   #3
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Hi friends
this has actually been fixed.
If you have a similar problem, pls go to this thread:


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