"Null Guest account?! Failed to initialise SAM_ACCOUNT for user root." error when using smbpasswd

Alainna C. Wonders awonders at aharinc.com
Tue Jun 29 15:13:52 GMT 2004

I am using smb version 3.0.4 on a plain-jane redhat 9 system.

Everytime I try to use the smbpasswd -a root (or other user, including
machine accts) it tells me: 

[root at chimera samba]# smbpasswd -a root
New SMB password:
Retype new SMB password:
NULL guest account!?!?
Failed to initialise SAM_ACCOUNT for user root.
Failed to modify password entry for user root.

!! I'm at a loss. the only things I have found for this error are C Code

Does anyone have any ideas about this error?  I'm at an utter loss.

Thanks for your help in advance!

Alainna Wonders
awonders at aharinc.com

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