Samba as Domain Controller

Richard Sharpe sharpe at
Fri Mar 2 16:19:21 GMT 2001

At 08:52 AM 3/2/01 -0800, Greg J. Zartman wrote:
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Richard Sharpe" <sharpe at>
>To: "Adam Lang" <aalang at>; <samba-ntdom at>
>Sent: Wednesday, February 28, 2001 9:08 AM
>Subject: Re: Samba as Domain Controller
>> At 04:23 PM 2/28/01 -0500, Adam Lang wrote:
>> >I'm looking into using Samba as the domain controller for my network
>> >75 users on windows 9x).
>> For Win9X machines you do not need a PDC. Samba 2.0.7 will do fine for
>> these machines.
>This doesn't make any sense.  What does the client OS have to do with the
>weather or no you need a PDC???  A PDC basically centralizes netword admin
>on one machine.  The client OS makes no difference.


it makes eminent senses when you realize that Microsoft does not use the
Domain Controller protocols (Encrypted RPCs) for Win9X logons, but does for
WinNT and Windows 2000.

Thus, the client OS makes a big difference. Take my word for it, lots of
people are using Samba 2.0.7 and below as a logon server for Windows 95, 98
and ME, and have been doing so for years.

You do need to set the parameter 'domain logons = yes'. And, you might want
'encrypt passwords = yes', but then again, you might not.

Richard Sharpe, sharpe at
Samba (Team member,, Ethereal (Team member,
Contributing author, SAMS Teach Yourself Samba in 24 Hours
Author, Special Edition, Using Samba

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