samba4: machine and user accounts

Andrew Bartlett abartlet at
Sat May 17 00:53:38 GMT 2008

On Fri, 2008-05-16 at 16:09 -0400, Mike Wilkinson wrote:
> Hello all,
> Is it really necessary to have local user and machine accounts on a 
> samba4 dc, if all that box does is act as the dc? All file sharing will 
> be from other hosts (samba3). Anyone have any information/advice?

Unlike Samba3, Samba4 does not use local unix accounts in this way.
Instead (unless a specific map is setup) they are allocated new UIDs and
GIDs from a pool, and these will be available to posix via winbind.

In short, it is best *not* to have matching users in /etc/passwd, as it
will just create confusion.  This applies to Samba4 alpha3 and beyond.

Andrew Bartlett

Andrew Bartlett
Authentication Developer, Samba Team 
Samba Developer, Red Hat Inc.
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