Samba and Win98 connection

Richard Sharpe sharpe at
Tue Nov 7 21:41:59 GMT 2000

At 04:40 PM 11/8/00 +0800, Dick_FC_WONG at wrote:
>Hi Technical Team,
>My name is Dick Wong from Hong Kong.
>Just a technical question but I think you're the most appropriate
>to whom I could seek support (since samba is a shareware).
>We (our company) encounter a problem when connecting Win98 client to Samba
>server.  According to existing information, there is a workaround to DISABLE 
>PLAINTEXT PASSWORD setting in Win98.

Actually, these workarounds are to enable plaintext passwords, because the
default setting of Samba is plain text while the current crop of Windows
systems default to encrypted passwords.

>However, it involves changing the setting in every user's PC.  Could any
>parameter be modified in server side (Samba) so that the connection between
>Win98 client and Samba server can be established without client config

Well, yes. You have to enable encrypted passwords on Samba. I demonstrated
this at LinuxWorld in Malaysia a couple of days ago. It is easy. Just add:

   encrypt passwords = yes
   smb passwd file = /etc/smbpasswd

However, you will then have to set the passwords of all your users in that
file, perhaps with the smbpasswd command. You might want to engage a
consultant to help you with this :-)

>Many thanks.
>Dick Wong,
>IT Division / Hong Kong Monetary Authority.

Richard Sharpe, sharpe at
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Contributing author, SAMS Teach Yourself Samba in 24 Hours
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