> > > comments inline
> > > > Hi All,
> > > > becoming a bit of a regular poster here ! hopefully I can soon start
> > > > to give something back.
> > > > I have 2 RedHat 8.0 Samba servers, both running Samba 2.2.8a. One of
> > > > them is a Dell Poweredge 600SC SCSI, the other a basic Pentium III
> > > > desktop box. I am using winbind on both servers to authenticate
> > > > against a NT 3.51 PDC.
> > > Hmmmm, I have not seen a NT 3.51 PDC since the mid 1990's.
> > > Ever think of having samba be a pdc?
> > > > When browsing in Windows explorer from XP machines, shares on the Dell
> > > > take about 20 seconds after 'clicking' them before I can start to
> > > > navigate files. It's as if everything has 'hung'.Once 'in', it's all
> > > > normal - this continues until you've been idle for a while, or logged
> > > > off / restarted the machine.
> > > > However the basic old PIII server does not display this problem. It is
> > > > 'lightning'. The configuration for both servers is is identical -
> > > > except of course the share definitions themselves. Both servers are on
> > > > the same subnet. We don't use DNS, so the PDC is in the /etc/hosts
> > > > file on both servers.
> > > This really does not sound like a Samba issue at all, rater a DNS issue.
> > > Can you ping the linux pc by the netbios name?
> > > Have you tried adding the pc's names and ip addresses in the windows
> > > host file?? It is in \winnt\system32\drivers\etc\.
> > > Remember to reboot afterward.
> > > > I have tried everything I can think of - including mapping the 'slow'
> > > > shares by IP address instead of computer name. Nothing seems to help.
> > > > Does anyone know what is causing this ?
> > > Post your smb.conf.
> > > Also take a look here, we were discussing this same issue in another
> > > newsgroup last night.
> > > http://tinyurl.com/eqgu
> > > > TIA,
> > > > Craig J (learning by the day - thanks guys :- ) )
> > Thanks for that. Yes, maybe soon we will go for Samba as a PDC. In
> > fact this is likely. We have a trust with a sister company, and a
> > leased line - both of which are going soon, so probably then.
> > I will try the Web client route - although this still wouldn't explain
> > why one server is quick and the other is slow. I am sure it is not a
> > name resolution problem though. After 'clicking' on a share on the
> > slow samba server, I quickly did a 'NBTSTAT -c' and a 'arp -a' and
> > could see that the IP and MAC addresses for the server were there -
> > meanwhile windows explorer was still 'waiting'.
> > Users are starting to get a bit annoyed at this now, so I really need
> > to fix it. The answer is in my 'fast' server somewhere, but where !?
> > Thanks for all the help, will keep you all posted.
> > CraigJ
> Fixed ! Disabling the Web Client service on the XP clients sorted it.
> I still don't know why this didn't affect my other Samba server - but
> who cares!
> Thanks everyone for your input. I am going to post this as a single
> post describing the solution, just to make it a bit more searchable. I
> didn't find much in my initial searches.
> Craig J