Adding new users with USERMGR.EXE

Anthony Brock abrock at
Thu May 4 12:30:43 GMT 2000

On a related note to some of the current discussion (at least it seems 
related to me),

Are there any plans to implement methods where a user is automatically 
added to the /etc/passwd database if they don't already exist when 
attempting to added them to private/smbpasswd ?  This functionality will be 
necessary in the long term (especially for those of us who need to grant 
these types of privileges, without granting telnet to the UNIX box).

I am thinking of something like an optional script that is run BEFORE samba 
checks for an existing /etc/passwd account when trying to add a new 
user.  We could check in the script (or samba could check for us before 
running the script) to see if the user exists, and create the necessary 
account if it meets qualifications (correct length, character set, case, etc).

This is just a thought, but we will need this kind of functionality long 
term since we have about 14 people with 'superuser' privileges on our NT 
boxes, and none of them are UNIX savvy (and would be extremely dangerous at 
a command prompt).  Optionally, please inform me if this functionality 
already exists, and how to implement it.



At 06:58 AM 5/4/00 -0700, marc.mclaughlin at wrote:
>I'm logged on as a user who should be a domain admin.  I saw your email,
>didn't think it was relevant as I am using LDAP.  Is the smbpassword file
>used if you're using LDAP?

* Anthony Brock                                         abrock at *
* Director of Network Services                         George Fox University *

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