joining a w2k machine to a samba domain

Simon Burton simonb at
Mon May 20 10:20:50 EST 2002

Thanks Neil this is just what I was looking for.
Another question: have noticed some discount ($20)
samba books (at the academic remainder bookshop),
covering 2.0.x. Is it too old to be of much help?

thanks again,
Simon Burton

On Sun, 19 May 2002 16:41:12 +1000
Neil Muller <neil at> wrote:

> Since there seems to be some dissatisfaction because the replies to my 
> question came direct to my email and not through the list I thought I 
> would summarise they way in which I solved the problem of adding a w2k 
> workstation to a domain managed by a samba pdc.
> (1) make sure your samba is up to date. I actually used samba 2.2.3a but 
> am about to upgrade to 2.2.4
> (2) read the docs on the site, in particular the combined 
> howtos in pdf format
> (3) set up and test your smb.conf using testparm. I actually did it in 3 
> stages (the final stage was based on the help I received from the email 
> replies to my original posting)
> (4) stage 1: set up your initial smb.conf and make sure samba is working 
> for your W9x environment
> (5) stage 2:
>     (a) configure your smb.conf as per the model supplied in the 
> combined howtos mentioned above
>     (b) create the machine trust account referred to in the docs. I did 
> this manually but the docs also show how this can be done by samba 
> itself which is the recommended approach
>     (c) read the man pages for smb.conf several times and add in all the 
> bits that you've missed above in particular add in settings in the 
> global area of smb.conf for 'domain admin group = root' and 'domain 
> admin users = root'
> (6) stage 3:
>         (a) check out
>     (b)make root a samba user (yeah I now I was stupid not to have thought of this first but we can't all be perfect)
> (7) login to your w2k box as administrator and add the box to your new 
> (NT4) domain. When prompted for a domain user with permission to add the 
> w2k machine enter your root userid and password. Reboot the w2k box when 
> prompted and login to your samba domain in the usual way.
> So now Simon no more whinging about no information OK?
> Neil

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