machine names same as usernames -> problems... -- here's a "real world" NetBIOS clusterfsck ...

Andrew Bartlett abartlet at
Thu Feb 6 21:14:13 GMT 2003

On Fri, 2003-02-07 at 07:54, Bryan J. Smith wrote:
> Quoting Andrew Bartlett <abartlet at>:
> > Why can't it work?  I've seen this discussed a number of times, but
> > never really been told why it doesn't work.  That $ is there for
> > exactly that reason you know - to make them different.  
> Er, not exactly.  If I remember correctly, the "$" in the passwd file just a
> Samba-specific nomenclature, correct?  Plus CIFS has all sorts of "trailing
> characters" after NetBIOS names that are _not_ part of the unique NetBIOS name
> itself.

These are different.  The $ termination is a NT suffix, that NT adds to
it's machine accounts.  The netbios issues are separate.  (And as any
user may add a netbios name to the network, Samba really isn't in a
position to prevent this from occurring).

Andrew Bartlett

Andrew Bartlett                                 abartlet at
Manager, Authentication Subsystems, Samba Team  abartlet at
Student Network Administrator, Hawker College   abartlet at
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