No nua for Samba-3.0rc1?

Tom Alsberg alsbergt at
Sat Aug 30 13:47:47 GMT 2003

On Thu, Aug 28, 2003 at 12:49:08PM -0500, Gerald (Jerry) Carter wrote:
> > <snip />
> > Correct. No NUA for Users. NUA still works for machine accounts.

Well, I am actually interested in machine accounts for this matter.

> not really John.  The support is the same for both users 
> and machine accounts.  Every entity has to have a unix account
> retreiveable via getpwnam().

Why is this so now?

> To answer the original question.  the XXX_nua passdb backends 
> were all removed.

I suppose there is a reason they were removed.  Anyway, is it related
to some change in Samba somewhere else, or can I add sort of NUA 
functionality to my passdb backend and it'll work?

Does Samba actually do anything (run any code) as the UID of 
machines?  Could I generally just be able to give all machines the 
same UID (say, that of nobody), (of course, taking care that they get 
unique SIDs/domain RIDs) and this way not have to give machines 
system accounts?  That's really the functionality I'm looking for.  I 
do not want to complicate matters with accounts for machines when 
they don't really need anything.

I am pretty against creating accounts and removing them on the fly 
(actually I am not interested in administration from Windows either, 
but that's something different - not really "on the fly" per se).
Where does Samba need those accounts - what would happen if they just 
didn't really exist?

  -- Tom

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