Samba as Domain Controller

Kristyan Osborne kris.ozzy at
Fri Mar 2 21:22:47 GMT 2001

Yes I can see where your coming from, but win95 wont join a domain its only part of a workgroup.

The win95 machines do not authenticate against a PDC as the OS does not require it. A win95 machine will only authenticate the user name and password.

Even though the login box says DOMAIN a 95 box will only be part of a workgroup and not a domain.

Just trust Richard Sharpe!!



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Subject:	RE: Samba as Domain Controller
Author:	Craig Kelley <ink at>
Date:		 Fri,  2 Mar 2001 20:44:00 +0000

On Fri, 2 Mar 2001, Kristyan Osborne wrote:

> I agree! In my old job at a school all client machines were win 95. A 95 > machine can only be part of a workgroup and not a domain. Thus a domain > controller with a machine password database would make no sence if win 95 is > only validating a username and password.
> We used a 2.0.7 server as a file-server with the user password database. >
> I am currently working on a NT 4 network with all clients NT4 wks controlled > by a samba server which is a PDC, as a machine database is required.

Actually, Windows 95 machines can be a part of a certain -kind- of domain. Samba can deal with that just fine.  We have NT4 and Windows 95/98
machines all authenticating (and running login scripts) against our Samba 2.0.5 server.

I should probably upgrade to 2.0.7 one of these days, but when it works,
it just works fine.

The wheel is turning but the hamster is dead.
Craig Kelley  -- kellcrai at finger ink at for PGP block

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