Changing WS password every new installation

William Stuart william at
Fri Aug 14 14:54:48 GMT 1998

The answer is yes.  The password is changed, if not instantly, then soon
after joining the domain.  This is not a SAMBA issue but part of the

I work on an engineering network, and do not have admin privledges on the
domain, so I have to put in a request for a new trust account for
every installation or reinstallation of NT.

William Stuart  (william at
"If Netscape is giving their software away, how do they make money?"

On Fri, 14 Aug 1998, Mike Klinkert wrote:

> Date: Fri, 14 Aug 1998 23:54:46 +1000
> From: Mike Klinkert <michael at>
> To: Multiple recipients of list <samba-ntdom at>
> Subject: Changing WS password every new installation
> Hi all,
> Let me start with boosting the ego of everyone involved with the development of
> Samba. Great work, thanx. 
> Anyway, this is why I'm posting a message:
> The last few days I've been experimenting with the unattend installation method
> of NT (in this case the WS). Ergo, I try to make an installation with the right
> (OEM) drivers in place, etc and because of this I've to install NT many times.
> After the right network drivers were installed automatically, I noticed that NT
> could not login on the Samba domain (configured as a PDC). However, it did do
> that before my experiments. What I did was I set the password of the WS again
> by typing: "smbpasswd MACHINE$" and used "machine" as the password (my WS's
> name is not MACHINE ofcourse, it's just an example). This worked perfectly.
> However, I have to do this everytime before I install NT, or else joining the
> domain will fail (I noticed a "password fail" in the log.smb file, prefixed
> with a "Trust relationship" something).
> Am I missing something here? Is the password changed by the WS after the domain
> joining? Setting the password of the WS everytime you (re)install NT is
> somewhat annoying (especially if you forget to do it, since the unattend
> installation will fail. Well it doesn't exactly, it just needs user input, so 
> the installation is no longer unattended).
> Mike Klinkert.

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