[olug] Samba, Windows clients, and pulling my hair out

Hurley, Rod RHurley at TENASKA.com
Wed Jan 23 15:11:28 UTC 2013

I have seen a case where plumbing and Internet collide.  One business I helped out hired a guy to pull coax into their building.  He found an interesting way to get it in there.  He pulled their coax cable line outside the bulding THROUGH THEIR PLUMBING LINE.  Actually had a rubber stopper and silicone around the cable at the drain cleanout on the outside, and one on the cleanout on the inside.  I about died when I saw the cable coming out of the pipe.

And then they asked me if I could remove the cable and pull them a new one.  I literally laughed out loud.  I did half of their request, anyway.


-----Original Message-----
From: olug-bounces at olug.org [mailto:olug-bounces at olug.org] On Behalf Of Lou Duchez
Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 9:05 AM
To: Omaha Linux User Group
Subject: Re: [olug] Samba, Windows clients, and pulling my hair out

Thanks for the tip about the hosts file.  Will start fiddling with that immediately!

As it works out I run a nameserver so I can make all the zones I want for my domains.

I'm actually in charge of the wiring for the Terwilliker institute.  
That fool plumber Zabladowski thinks HE's got an important job ... ?  In the 21st century a solid Internet connection is more important than installing sinks.

> Good point about multiple credentials.
> *net use Z: /delete*
> net use \\MachineName\PRINT$ /delete
> disconnects those sessions immediately.
> HOSTS was missing just the hostname as well:
> terwilliker.com terwilliker <http://terwilliker.com>
> On WinVista and above, the split tokens in the elevated command prompt 
> versus the normal command prompt can cause a great deal of issues as well.
> Windows does not use NETBIOS by default anymore.  When DNS is setup 
> properly, NETBIOS is not needed unless there are some very old windows 
> machines or windows software.  But then how do you manage DNS in the home?
> dd-wrt has a built in DNS server in the form of dnsmasq.conf  
> Otherwise, open 5353 on host firewalls for mutlicast dns and man -k avahi.
> Thanks for sharing the smb.conf files, it is amazing how many 
> parameters are available.
> So are you a mean piano teacher or something?
> http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0045464/plotsummary
> On Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 1:36 AM, Kevin <sharpestmarble at gmail.com> wrote:
>> IIRC, SMB doesn't have any mechanism for re-authenticating. So once 
>> you connect as guest, you're connected as guest until that connection 
>> is allowed to lapse. This means unmounting any mapped network drives, 
>> closing anything opened via UNC, and not accessing them for a while(5 
>> mins, I think).
>> On Jan 22, 2013 10:18 PM, "Lou Duchez" <lou at paprikash.com> wrote:
>>> Mostly I'm posting this in case anyone else is having trouble with Samba.
>>>   I think I got it worked out.
>>> I set up a Samba share, I gave it a NetBIOS name, I figured out how 
>>> to
>> let
>>> it allow guest access (no particular authentication).  So far so good.
>>>   Then I tried setting up another share, but requiring 
>>> authentication.  No matter how much I tried, I couldn't get a 
>>> Windows computer to
>> authenticate.
>>>   When I tried to connect from the Windows command line, after 
>>> entering
>> the
>>> password, I would get the super-helpful message "System error 5 has 
>>> occurred".
>>> My first clue as to what was going on was the fact that I could 
>>> authenticate if I used the server's IP address rather than the 
>>> NetBIOS
>> name
>>> I'd assigned it.
>>> Here is the long and short of it: I was trying to get to my Samba 
>>> share via its NetBIOS name -- "\\TERWILLIKER\protectedshare" or 
>>> whatever -- and that's not a good move.  Windows has trouble keeping 
>>> track of the Samba share via NetBIOS, such that it may be able to 
>>> find the share and try to authenticate, but then it gets all 
>>> confused.  If you're going to rely on NetBIOS, you also probably 
>>> have to go to the trouble of setting up a WINS server to support 
>>> your NetBIOS name, otherwise your clients are going to connect 
>>> inconsistently at best.  You can't even get around it by putting
>> an
>>> entry in \Windows\System32\Drivers\Etc\**Hosts, because that depends 
>>> upon Windows being bright enough to consistently recognize your 
>>> NetBIOS name
>> as
>>> such and not just a zone to prepend to your domain name.
>>> What you CAN do is assign a FQDN to your server; that's something 
>>> Windows and Linux see eye-to-eye on.  You can even put the FQDN in 
>>> your \Windows\System32\Drivers\Etc\**Hosts; it'd look something like this:
>>> terwilliker.com
>>> So after that you'd access your share like:
>>> \\terwilliker.com\**protectedshare
>>> or even
>>> \\\protectedshare
>>> After that, Samba seems to work per the documentation.
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