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I changed the password of linux user "user123" on my Suse box and noticed that the previously working Samba login that I used to access its home directory from Windows did not change along with it. So I did this to ensure the 2 passwords were the same:

smbpasswd -x user123; smbpasswd -a user123; smbpasswd -e user123
Failed to find entry for user user123.
New SMB password:
Retype new SMB password:
Added user user123.
Enabled user user123.

Afterwards, I noticed that I could no longer access that directory (/home/user123). Windows response when I press for further details was that I "don't have permissions to access \ip.of.samba.share\user123" Here is my smb.conf file:

# smb.conf is the main Samba configuration file. You find a full commented
# version at /usr/share/doc/packages/samba/examples/smb.conf.SUSE if the
# samba-doc package is installed.
# Date: 2010-07-05
        workgroup = WORKGROUP
        passdb backend = tdbsam
        printing = cups
        printcap name = cups
        printcap cache time = 750
        cups options = raw
        map to guest = Bad User
        include = /etc/samba/dhcp.conf
        logon path = \\%L\profiles\.msprofile
        logon home = \\%L\%U\.9xprofile
        logon drive = P:
        usershare allow guests = Yes
        add machine script = /usr/sbin/useradd  -c Machine -d /var/lib/nobody -s /bin/false %m$
        domain logons = No
        domain master = No
        security = user
        comment = Home Directories
        valid users = %S, %D%w%S
        browseable = Yes
        read only = No
        inherit acls = Yes
        comment = Network Profiles Service
        path = %H
        read only = No
        store dos attributes = Yes
        create mask = 0600
        directory mask = 0700
        comment = All users
        path = /home
        read only = No
        inherit acls = Yes
        veto files = /aquota.user/groups/shares/
        comment = All groups
        path = /home/groups
        read only = No
        inherit acls = Yes
        comment = All Printers
        path = /var/tmp
        printable = Yes
        create mask = 0600
        browseable = No
        comment = Printer Drivers
        path = /var/lib/samba/drivers
        write list = @ntadmin root
        force group = ntadmin
        create mask = 0664
        directory mask = 0775

## Share disabled by YaST
# [netlogon]

And, by the way, I have restarted Samba:

/etc/init.d/smb restart
Shutting down Samba SMB daemon  done
Starting Samba SMB daemon   done

Any ideas?

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Why aren't you changing the password that's stored in Windows? The password that is stored in Windows (if it is stored) is the one that authenticates the Windows workstations/user to the samba share. Try changing the password that's stored in Windows instead.

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Whenever I try to view the directory form Windows it prompts me for a password. When I enter the correct one it balks. –  JoeyJoeJoeJuniorShabadoo Mar 27 '13 at 18:50
So, to elaborate, I interpret this to mean that no password is being stored by Windows currently. Presumably, had I been able to authenticate successfully, it would have stored the password I entered, which has been the case in the past. –  JoeyJoeJoeJuniorShabadoo Mar 27 '13 at 19:19
It could have a password stored, but that would be your old password, so after trying it, it would prompt you. Are you sure it's not locking the account out with invalid login attempts? –  BigHomie Mar 27 '13 at 21:03
It's possible. I have no evidence of that, however. I think this is a major clue: "don't have permissions to access \ip.of.samba.share\user123" –  JoeyJoeJoeJuniorShabadoo Mar 27 '13 at 21:10

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