How are machine passwords updated/refreshed in Samba 3.0

Henrik Nordstrom hno at
Thu Nov 3 22:35:42 GMT 2005

On Fri, 4 Nov 2005, Andrew Bartlett wrote:

>> c) How are machine passwords updated in Samba 3.0 - I believe machine
> Currently nobody does, due to accidents of history.  It has caused
> surprisingly few problems.  You can manually call 'net ads
> changetrustpw' to change it.

Interesting. Had the impression winbindd did take care of this.

Any idea why it is causing such few problems?

>From what I know of NT Domain it's fairly crucial that the computer 
account is working proper.. but I suppose it could be that it never really 
expires, just a policy that it should be replaced every now an then.. 
(would be difficult for environments with laptops being away for extended 
periods of time otherwise..)


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