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

Richard Sharpe rsharpe at
Fri Feb 7 00:15:52 GMT 2003

On Thu, 6 Feb 2003, Richard Sharpe wrote:

> On Thu, 6 Feb 2003, 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.
> No, not really. The \$ in the name of the trust account is an MS thing. 
> Samba requires a machine account be backed up on the server with an 
> account of that name. However, as far as I can see, we could remove that 
> restriction, as we could keep all the needed info in the secrets file or 
> another tdb.

OK, I withdraw the last sentence, since when we are operating as a PDC, we 
should use the same account mechanisms for trust accounts and ordinary 
user accounts.

Richard Sharpe, rsharpe[at], rsharpe[at], 

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