Samba as PDC - unix/windows passwords

Simo Sorce simo.sorce at
Thu Jul 6 14:21:41 GMT 2000

J.L.Gilmour at wrote:
> As I understand things, you _must_ have 'encrypt passwords' set to yes in
> order for NT clients to sucessfully join a domain, etc.
> But to authenticate NT users from the Unix password file, 'encrypt passwords'
> needs to be set to no.
> In other words, am I right in thinking I can't have a Samba server as PDC
> *and* use the Unix password file?
> 'twould be a great shame if this is the case...
If you have no problems to have clear text password floating on your
lan, than after SP3 you have to change a registry in NT 4 to let him
accept plain text password again.
Doing this you may set encrypt passwords to no and unix password sync to
I don't mind the exact registry setting but you will certainly find it
searching this list or documentation.
Simo Sorce - Integrazione Sistemi Unix/Windows - Politecnico di Milano
E-mail: simo.sorce at 02 2399 2425 - 02 2399 2451
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