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> Subject: [Samba] samba connection to fully qualified domain name
> From: Herta Van den Eynde <email@example.com>
> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Date: Monday, 17/05/2010 6:40 AM
> Samba server:
> Solaris 10 5/08
> Samba version 3.0.24
> Windows client:
> Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
> extract from smb.conf:
> workgroup = BBB.CCC
Well...without anything else to go on, try making workgroup a NETBIOS
For instance BBB.local to BBB. I'm not certain, but give that a
> wins server = xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx
> smb ports = 139
> path = /ptc/eaiXMLFiles
> force group = plm
> read only = No
> force create mode = 0775
> Up till May 12, you could create a samba connection from the windows
> client to the samba server using its fully qualified domain name.
> As of May 13, 02:50 you can only create a samba connection from this
> windows client using the hostname without the FQDN, or using the ip
> address. Trying to connect to the samba server with FQDN gives the
> "Windows cannot fine \\AAA.BBB.CCC\WINDCHILL. Check the spelling and
> try again, or try searching for the item by clicking the Start button
> and then click Search."
> A basic ping to the hostname with FQDN still works fine.
> Connecting from other clients (another Windows Server 2003 Service
> Pack 2, and a Windows XP Service Pack 3) works fine as well.
> nslookup resolves the hostname as well as hostname+domainname.
> Reverse lookup also works fine and returns the FQDN.
> A few month back, the reverse happened: we could connect using the
> hostname+FQDN, but not using the hostname. As far as I can tell,
> nothing changed on either the samba server or the client: no
> reconfigs, no restarts, no reboots.
> This is most annoying, as it stops one of our applications from
> operating properly. And this must be about the fifth time this
> happened in the past 365 days.
> I browsed the web, but found nothing that seemed to apply to our
> Does anyone have any idea how to debug this?
> FWIIW, I'm a unix/linux admin, with limited knowledge of windows.
> Kind regards,
> "Life on Earth may be expensive,
> but it comes with a free ride around the Sun."
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