Machine accounts and unix UIDs

Greg Dickie greg at
Thu Jan 13 12:34:13 GMT 2000

Everything in smbpasswd MUST exist in /etc/passwd as they are both
checked. Unless something has changed recently.


On 13-Jan-00 Mayers, P J wrote:
> Is the Unix UID used for anything in the machine account?
> Could I do this:
> useradd MACHINE$
> smbpasswd -a -m MACHINE
> userdel MACHINE$
> <join domain, everything works>
> Or does that account also have to exist in the passwd file. I read somewhere
> a long time ago that the uid is only used to make sure the rid is unique for
> machine accounts. For user accounts, it's used in a set*id call, obviously.
> Cheers,
> Phil

Greg Dickie
Just A Guy*
*from discreet (the logic is gone)
(514) 954-7171
greg at

More information about the samba-technical mailing list