Accessing NetWare 6.5 SP8 running CIFS

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I am trying to access a NetWare server running the CIFS (NFAP) protocol.  I have CIFS configured correctly because I can access the NetWare server from a Mac running Snow Leopard.  I verified this works by unloading CIFS (CIFSSTOP) from the netware console and it disconnects on the Mac.

When I try to connect with a Windows XP or Windows 7 box, I get the following message: SERVERNAME-W is not accessible.  You might not have permission to use the network resource.  Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions.  The remote procedure call failed and did not execute.

I have reconfigured CIFS numerous times per the Novell documentation and I have also set the NTLM preferences and forced Netbios over TCP and disabled IPv6 as some other posts have suggested.  I still have no luck with my Windows machines.  Again, the Mac has no problems connecting.

Any thoughts are appreciated.
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Scott KunauSr. Consultant/Managing Partner

Commented:
Do you have a simple password configured for the user account you are trying to connect with?  AFAIK, Simple Password is the one major requirement to access a NetWare volume using CIFS.

Confirm also you have the CIFSCTXS.CFG (sys:\etc\ configured to look at the various OU and O contexts you have user accounts inside.  This is not a configuration that will search from the top level.  You have to put each context on a separate line in the cifsctxs.cfg file and then stop and start CIFS on the server.

Scott

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Hi Scott,

We are using Universal Passwords in our tree.  I think it replaces the Simple Passord.  See http://www.novell.com/coolsolutions/feature/15778.html

Bob
Scott KunauSr. Consultant/Managing Partner

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Sorry for the delayed response, I was at Scout summer camp and then on a short vacation.

What does iManager show about your CIFS configuration?  I think it is under the File Protocols role.  Do all of your users have NMAS enabled on their client workstations or do you not use the Novell client, in favor of CIFS?

Scott

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Hope the weather was good.  Its been fantastic here in the Northeast.

Here is what I see in iManager.  We are trying to do this without the Novell Client.  
Status: Running
OpLocks enabled
DFS support is disabled
SMB Signature is optional
Authentication is through a Windows Domain Controller (third party domain)
PDC is operational
2 shares are setup
I know it works because I can connect to it from a Macintosh and using my Windows domain password to see the shares.
I think I have it narrowed down to a Windows 7 issue.  I removed the Novell Client from an XP box and joined the Windows domain.  I could see the shares from the XP box. So now the Mac and XP work OK without the Novell Client.

I installed the Novell Client on the Windows 7 box and could connect to the NetWare server as well via NCP.  I then tried to log onto the local computer (with the Novell Client still installed) and got the same error when I tried to connect to the CIFS server/share.

I changed LANMAN settings in the Windows 7 registry per tech notes and I also tried to disable SMB2 at the client.  Rebooted and still no luck.  I also tried to disable OpLocks at the CIFS server via iManager, restarted CIFS, rebooted the Win7 box and still no luck.  I saw some articles about SMB2 in Vista/Win7 and thought that I was on the right track, but still no luck.  BTW, each time I made a change, I could always see the shares  from the XP and Mac boxes.

Starting to think I need to call MS and get some unreleased patch.

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