Buchan Milne bgmilne at ing.sun.ac.za
Tue Sep 19 12:15:20 GMT 2000

You should be able to join the linux boxes to the NT-controlled domain,
which will keep all authentication on the PDC. Account information will
be handled by NIS.

Make trust accounts for the samba boxes on the PDC, and try "smbpasswd
-j <domain>" (no guarantees on this one, I have no NT PDC!)


Geoff Silver wrote:
> Greetings,
>         I've spent several days going though the list archives, online
> Samba docs, e-mailing LUGs, and searching Google, and I've come to a
> sticking point.  I'm not a member of this list, but this seemed like the
> perfect place for this question, since no one else has been able to offer
> much help.  If anyone can help and would be kind enough to include my
> address in any group replies, that would be extremely appreciated.  Here's
> my scenario:
>         I work for a communications company of about 6000 people near
> Washington, D.C., USA.  In order to save money and move the company away
> from Windows, I'm working on migrating the file and print servers in the
> company from NT to Linux & Samba.  I've already proven that printing can
> be done (although the help desk isn't thrilled about visiting workstations
> to install NT workstation print drivers, they have agreed to do it until
> Samba 2.2 is released in final).
>         The problem we're encountering is with our file servers.  While
> the Linux servers don't need to allow logins, they do need account
> information so that we can create home directories and set permissions.
> I'm leaning towards running an NIS domain parallel to the NT
> domain.  Since Samba will do the authentication off the domain
> controllers, the NIS domain will just be a centralized user/group
> mechanism.  The problem is how to keep them in sync.
>         I'd certainly appreciate any help anyone can offer.  Of course,
> we're trying to integrate this into a production network, so the solution
> has to be stable and (hopefully) easy to maintain.  Running Samba as the
> PDC (or trying to use /etc/smbpasswd for authentication) isn't an option.
> Again, please e-mail me seperately, or include my address in any
> replies.  Thanks for your time and assistance!
> --
> Geoff Silver
> Systems Architect, WinStar Communications
> gsilver at winstar.com
> (703) 889-1053

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