This is horribly incomplete :(
Samba can be used to setup a system to share files and printers with Windows and Apple systems. It's also possible to use Samba as an NT4 style Primary Domain Controller (PDC).
Windows Explorer Refresh
Many times the Windows Explorer will not refresh when creating or modifying files on the Samba share. This issue is a Client issue - not a server issue. The following Registry entries should solve the issue. Copy and paste into notepad and save as a registry file (e.g. samba-client.reg).
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Update] "UpdateMode"=dword:00000000
Windows XP SP2 to Samba Slow Printing Bug
This information was difficult to find on the web so here it is. If printing to the Samba printer is slow from Windows XP with Service Pack 2 the issue is caused by some extra junky registry entries. It's unclear why this causes the problem, who's fault is it anyways? The fix is to remove HKEY_CURRENT_USER\PrintersConnections\*.
# Values HKEY_CURRENT_USER\PrintersConnections\DeviceOld = REG_SZ # Subkeys HKEY_CURRENT_USER\PrintersConnections\Connections HKEY_CURRENT_USER\PrintersConnections\DevModePerUser HKEY_CURRENT_USER\PrintersConnections\DevModes2 HKEY_CURRENT_USER\PrintersConnections\Settings
Samba & Quickbooks
Intuit doesn't support Quickbooks hosted on a Samba server, there are some workarounds available with Samba which may help. Edoceo has been assisting our clients with Samba/Quickbooks integration for many years, this document represents our experiences.
The filesystem of the host volume for the Samba share's that need to work with Quickbooks have to be set a specific way.
The directories that will be the root of the share must be owned by the group that the users who will access are in and they must be able to write.
Permissions for world is administrators choice.
In the example below the group name is
The share that quickbooks is on is
server, which matches the directory
carbon ~ # cd /var/lib/samba/ carbon samba # stat server File: `server/' Size: 4096 Blocks: 8 IO Block: 4096 directory Device: 303h/771d Inode: 246703 Links: 36 Access: (0770/drwxrwx---) Uid: ( 0/ root) Gid: ( 100/ users) Access: 2005-11-05 21:45:24.000000000 -0800 Modify: 2007-02-01 10:45:08.000000000 -0800 Change: 2007-02-01 10:45:08.000000000 -0800
This will ensure minimal interference from the filesystem for Samba and Quickbooks quirks (Quirkbooks?)
To assist with Quickbooks files there are many configuration options that can found with a quick Google search.
It seems too many.
Below is a commented snip from a reference
An attempt has been made to only list the relevant configuration options.
Any setting not specifically listed is set to the Samba default value.
[global] # This seems to help a little socket options = IPTOS_LOWDELAY SO_SNDBUF=16384 SO_RCVBUF=16384 TCP_NODELAY [quickbooks] # Choose something clever! comment = Quickbooks Files # Have to add the read/execute on the Other force create mode = 0755 force directory mode = 0775 # Next two are root's choice follow symlinks = no wide links = no # This is very important for the QB function oplocks = no path = /var/lib/samba/server read only = no
There are also references to the
Quickbooks, Samba, Locked Files and Dirty Exits
Sometimes on a dirty exit of Quickbooks, like when a workstation crashes, the file is then un-openable by the user.
The error message will state that The user "XXX" is already logged in on another machine, other users may still be able to open the file.
In this instance Quickbooks is confused by the dirty shutdown and Samba still has recorded locks for the files.
Look in the
locking.tdb, brlocks.tdb and others. and others to validate/verify this (if you really want, use
The solution to this issue is below, it stems from some standard Microsoft models: Reboot.
- Ensure that all Workstations on the network are not accessing any files on the Samba server.
- Stop the nmbd,smbd services.
- Reboot the Workstation(s) that are having issues, only this workstation needs to be rebooted. Others will need to be rebooted.
- During above Reboot(s) remove the
brlocks.tdb, connections.tdb, gencache.tdb, locking.tdb, sessionid.tdbfiles.
- Start the Samba services.
Starting and stopping the Samba services is distribution dependent, on Gentoo (and others) one says
The location of the various .tdb files may vary, Gentoo keeps them in
It's not always necessary to remove the .tdb files but it does no harm, be careful to not remove the other .tdb files that are present.
- Google for different phrases and for error messages you may encounter.
- Samba3 PDC w/LDAP
- Information on HowTo Forge - Covers same issues as here
- Quickbooks 2006 Multi-User - From Intuit
- Microsoft KB 321733 - About Delay Write Failed
- 13 Feb 2007 - Added Locked Files section /djb
- 15 Jan 2007 - Created /djb