Authenticating to Samba 3.4.3 with Windows server

on my network, I have a set up that requires that a Windows 2012 R2 serverauthenticate to a  Linux box which is running Samba 3.4.3.  the error messagesimply says access is denied. I don't have a very good familiarity with samba 3.4.3 but I do need to get the authentication and communication running. Any suggestions on where I would start?
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geriatricgeekAsked:
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Zephyr ICTCloud ArchitectCommented:
Hi,

You might need to give us a little more info on what it is exactly you're trying to do, do you want to be able to log on/access Samba shares from a Windows domain with Windows/domain users? Or just access a Samba share with a local user (as in local to the Linux server)?

If it's the first one you'll need to join the Linux server to the Windows domain using winbind and Kerberos for example... If it's the second one you'll need to use a user from the Linux box to authenticate and access the Samba share.
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geriatricgeekAuthor Commented:
what the set up is for is that files that are newly placed on the Windows server from a PDF generating process, are to get copied via vice-versa softare to the linux box where they get published to a website. This is currently working with a Windows 2003 server to the linux box. I am upgrading the Windows server.  the Linux box is a domain member. I am trying to get to the Samba share with a user that is local to the linux server.

I can see the linux share but cannot see any files in the share from the Windows 2012 box.
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Zephyr ICTCloud ArchitectCommented:
Hmmm ... Sounds like Windows 2012 has a problem with Samba 3.4.3 ... It not the most recent version so an upgrade might be needed.

It might be the new SMB (3.02) version in Windows 2012R2 or NTLM security being too strict.
There are some troubleshooting things you could try to make sure it's nothing like that blocking the access... This site has some tips and tricks, though they are for Windows 7 it might set you on your way.
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gheistCommented:
Do you have active directory?
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geriatricgeekAuthor Commented:
Yes, i have active directory. The server with the Samba is used to hold a database for an application that cannot be upgraded for another year so upgrading the Samba is not an option at this point.
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gheistCommented:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samba_%28software%29#Version_History
At least you need v3.5 to get rid of feeling that you make pigs fly...
Depending on AD configuration you need at least 3.5 or 4.1
What is your Linux distribution? Is samba updated from them ever?
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Zephyr ICTCloud ArchitectCommented:
Yes, as I mentioned before, and @geist mentions as well, seeing you're using Windows 2012, or want to use it, I see no other option to upgrade Samba versions.
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geriatricgeekAuthor Commented:
Samba upgrade it is
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