We have Windows 2003 domain server managing/servicing a small (10 machine) network. Users work primarly on Windows. We have a Linux Web server on the same net, with an activated Samba NFS, and several users from the domain explicitly named as valid accessors to Samba. The Linux machine also acts as the DNS server for the internal network.
Until recently, those Windows users have been able to see over onto the Linux system [explore, open/edit/close files, etc.] (and so adminstrate the web site without logging directly into the Linux system).
Suddenly this no longer works; attempts to access the Linux system get a login popup, but typing in a user id valid on the domain (and on the Linux) system always get "can't access file".
We don't touch the web server configuration if we can help and there's pretty much no need. We try not to mess with the Windows domain server either. While we are accomplished amatuers at system administration, its clear we aren't experts and we havent' been able to guess what changed that could cause this. The only thing that we know we changed recently was the upstream DNS server; seems we had the wrong DNS server address for quite a long time and that wrong DNS server finally became inaccessible. We changed it to our ISP's DNS, and all seemed well. We can't say for sure that the moment this switch occurred, that the Samba file system became inaccessible becuase we do system admin only every few days.
Any thoughts or where to look?
EDIT: It turned out that making the Linux system join the Windows domain did the trick. What is puzzling is that everything worked for ~~ 2 years without us apparantly doing that (we may have done so and forgotten, but why joining a domain would evaporate is beyond me). Well, problem solved but not exactly clear what the problem was.
Thanks to those that considered this question.