Caution Stoopid Newbie

Mark Haney mhaney at
Wed Apr 4 11:15:26 GMT 2001

What do you mean by 'log in' to the samba box?  Do you mean authenticate to
it?  Or are you just trying to access the entire box itself and not just the
shares?  If you are doing authentication, 2.0.6 won't cut it.  YOu'll need
the 2.2.0-alpha3 code (the latest and greatest) in order to make samba act
as a PDC.

2.0.6 supports authenticating of almost ANY (win2k excluded I believe)
version of windows as long as there is an NT Domain controller available to
handle the auth request from the samba box.  Of course it needs to be part
of an NT domain in order to do that, which is in the docs.  Without an NT
domain, it's just like any other peer-to-peer network in so much as you have
to add each user to the samba box that needs access to it.  Unless you use
NIS or another central authenticating mechanism.  Let me know if this helps
or not.

-----Original Message-----
From: samba-ntdom-admin at
[mailto:samba-ntdom-admin at]On Behalf Of Jet Set Willy
Sent: Wednesday, April 04, 2001 6:51 AM
To: samba-ntdom at
Subject: Caution Stoopid Newbie

Please could somebody clear up some confusion I have - I freely
admit that I am a clueless newbie in both samba and linux so be warned....
I am runing Mandrake 7.1 (if that makes a difference) and have
managed to get samba running quite well ( verion 2.0.6) ie I
can see shares copy files from my win98 machine and so on.
Works perfectly. Now what I really want  (what I really really want)
is to be able to login to the linux box from the 98 machine. So
far I have waded thru the text docs that come with samba, I've
read a couple of how-to's  and bought a book ( think
is the samba black book but can't be sure of the exact title
cos I've left it at home). Finally I've found this mailing list !

So far the documentation seems fairly confusing (to a newbie)
as I understand it later versions[1] of samba support NT PDC
type things however it suggests that the version I have will allow
98 logons - can somebody point me in the direction of a definitive
answer of what 2.0.6 will support ie I think it supports logons from
98 machines but doesn't do full PDC - is this correct ? If so then
I guess there must be some differences between the two - what
are they ?

Hope somebody can help, thanks

[1] I don't think I am up to downloading and recompling a newer
version of samba *just* yet - give me time though

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