Passwords for new machine accounts

Andrew Bartlett abartlet at
Wed Mar 10 20:56:10 GMT 2004

On Thu, 2004-03-11 at 03:02, Roland Gruber wrote:
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> Hi John,
> John H Terpstra wrote:
> |>to what values should the passwords of new machine accounts be set?
> |>The command "smpasswd -a -m" sets them to the machine name. But I think
> |>NT4 workstations will have problems with this setting when joining the
> |>domain.
> |>There was a default password for NT4 that was the initial password for
> |>all NT4 workstation accounts. Does anybody remind it?
> |>Or is it possible to join NT4 workstations without problems if the
> |>password is set to the machine name?
> |
> |
> | The correct initial password is the machine name.
> I can remember a complicated password with several special characters. I
> think it was retrieved from some Windows dll-file and used at least by
> Samba 2.x.


> Are you sure that Windows NT4 already used the machine name as password?

Yep.  Lowercase machine name in unicode.  (no $ termination, limited to
14 unicode chars I think)

Andrew Bartlett

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