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Wierd samba access issue with Windows.

I found this one funny (sort of…).

A user who use a Windows 2003 terminal server session reported be having a problem access a samba share after the server, which is part of a domain, asking him to change his password (controlled by a GPO). He changed his password, access his session and then he tried to access his samba share using

 Start /cmd / \\sambaserver\<username>.

Windows then prompted him a user name and password. But whatever username and password he entered, it was rejected.

The funny thing is that the event viewer did not report any issue and there are no entries in the samba logs at all, no errors or anything. Even when the user logged out and logged in again, the same behaviour occurred.

Wow…

We finally discover that some shortcuts displayed in My Network Placesworked well on the samba server without asking any username and password. We saw also that a network drive was disconnected.

  • We finally resolve the issue by using  start / cmd and using net use
  • This will list all network resources currently used by the user on the system.
  • we have done some cleanup using net use <entry> -DELETE for each item displayed here.

Then the user have been able to go the samba share without any problem.

Hope this help!

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