Must a Samba PDC use encrypted passwords?

Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton lkcl at
Fri Jun 5 15:11:01 GMT 1998

a new option has been added: "update encrypted".  run with this for a
week; then move over to "encrypt passwords".

On Fri, 5 Jun 1998, Paul Keck wrote:

> Hi all.  I'm a little new to Samba- only been running it for a few months
> mostly for people to get into their Solaris 2.5 home dirs.  It's working
> great for that- thanks to you all!
> We now have a need for something to serve as an NT PDC.  I've R'ed the FMs
> and have a question.  All the PDC docs start out with "turn on encrypted
> passwords, check ENCRYPTION.txt for how."  If I understand it right, once I
> do this all the folks using /etc/password to get to their home dirs will
> have to make themselves ANOTHER password which will be put in
> {samba}/private/smbpasswd.  Until they do they will be out of luck getting
> to their home dirs.
> Am I wrong?  Can I set the box up as a PDC and still use /etc/passwd?  If
> not, is there a way I could translate /etc/passwd into the smbpasswd format
> without using a password cracker?  :-)
> I'd like to avoid having another password database if at all possible.  We
> also use Netware (4.11 and 3.12) and I've heard there is an NT product which
> will let you use an NDS tree to authenticate, but this requires an NT server
> to act as the go-between.  I'd rather not have a production NT box if I can
> help it.
> Thanks! If I'm barking up the wrong tree, any better ideas would be
> appreciated.
> -- 
> Paul Keck    pkeck at  
> Univ. of Georgia- College of Education
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