Passwd problems

Armand Welsh armand at
Thu Jan 11 18:36:31 GMT 2001

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Set samba server to authenticate users against the domain.  Set security =
domain, and password server = *

after changing the smb.conf file, restart smbd so that changes will take

Then join the domain with 'smbpasswd -j domainname -r pdc'  you may need to
supply the -U username, but it should not be necessary, as the machine
account doesn't need to be created, and I can't remember ever doing it in
the past.

Setting password server = * tells samba to authenticate using ANY domain
controller (PDC or BDC) that is available within the domain.
setting security = domain tells samba to participate in a domain.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Wood, Jeremy" <WoodJ at>
To: <samba-ntdom at>
Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2001 12:28 PM
Subject: Passwd problems

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> Hello all,
> I am in a bit if a dilemma here.  At my company, which is mostly M$
> based, I have been able to talk them into putting a few Linux machines
> place running Samba as file servers.  Some people in the company check to
> see when files have arrived on this machine by "browsing" (Network
> Nieghborhood) to the Samba Server.  We have recently implemented a
> policy that will be aging the domain logons every 90 days.  Here's my
> problem, I need to have the samba server update the smbpasswd file somehow
> with the users new domain password.  Most of the people that check this
> server for files are barely smart enough to run windows so I can't even
> into having them SSH to the file server and fix the problem themselves.
> Basically my question is:  When someone changes thier NT doamin
> password (say thru Ctl+Alt+Del on NT), how do I automate it so the
> on the Samba machine is also updated?
> Jeremy Wood
> Server Technologist
> Metatec International, Inc
> 614.761.2000 ext 4511
> woodj at
> "[quote removed because of complaints... yes really]"

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