If your samba is unreliable, there can be a number of reasons. I got the impression that YAST overwrites configuration data you have manually edited (e.g. in the password and user files) when you try to change settings via the YAST samba setup procedure. Here follows a checklist in case samba is again not responding or not visible in the network neighborhood. It could be that the unreliability is due to a PDC shutting down. Maybe I should make my Linux the PDC as it is always running. Anyway even if I manage to connect from W2K (using map network drive) I couldn't connect from W98 by clicking the visible icon of my computer in the MCBL workgroup ("network path not found"). And in MacOSX my computer was not visible at all (but I could connect via the manual command "smb://18.104.22.168/homes"). Strange...
smbadduser jeltsch:jeltsch smbpasswd jeltsch
/etc/init.d/smb restart /etc/init.d/smb restart
smbpasswd -a username