Greetings to all!
I'm finding myself that recently I have to do a little dance to get Samba working over my network. Not quite sure whats going on here, its been doing this since day one and frankly its getting annoying.
This problem is also the only reason why I'm holding off another computer from running FC4/Arcserve as my office's backup server, because of this share problem.
I'm using the Samba config utility under Gnome included with Fedora. I set everything up, and it works fine. I have a user setup for it, my shares setup, all is hunky dorey.
I can navigate to the machines as they show up on the Wintel boxes, and I've mounted the drives off my particular server (Dual Opteron) as network drives (X: and Z
Here is the problem. If the shares idle for a while, I seem to "loose" connection. The Wintel boxes start complaining that they can't find the network share, and that the network connection via the network drive wasn't restored (blah :P). I cannot browse to the machine simply by going through Network Neighborhood, it isn't there anymore.
Now, I do the Samba dance. I go over to my server, which has mysteriously stopped sharing via Samba, open the "Samba" Config utility under the Gnome menu, and basically just click on whatever. Go look at the server settings, etc. Then I exit the config utility.
Now, strangly enough, the server is working again, I can access the shares and the Wintel boxes will reconnect (after a few seconds). It shows up under Network Neighborhood. Everything is happy once again.
Until the server idles for a bit, then "Samba" seems to go to sleep and never wakes up unless I poke it with the Config utility.
I really don't like walking over to the server and poking Samba every time it dozes off like this. I've read some obscure information about this problem, but I can't remember where or what it was...