NIS+ and NT 4.0

Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton lkcl at
Sat Nov 1 21:12:34 GMT 1997

On 31 Oct 1997, Matt Holtz wrote:

> Hello Everyone,
> I am having a problem.  I read the documentation, but it what it says doesn't 
> seem to work.

> Here is my setup...
> Client NT 4.0
> Server - Sun Solaris 2.5.1 with NIS+.

which version of samba?  please, if you want me to reply, give full 
information in your postings, so that you don't have to send out a second 
> Problem:
> The documentation says that you can have samba do an NIS lookup to find
> the home directory of a user.  Samba, then will return the server that 
> contains the Home directory, and then NT should go to that computer.
> I addes these lines to the smb.conf:
> nis homedir = true
> homedir map = auto_home.org_dir
> Samba processes this fine, but it doesn't seem to be bouncing the clients to 
> the appropriate server.  Is there something that I am missing?

yes, the code added in 1.9.17 doesn't refer you to the appropriate 
server.  having understood (in the last three weeks) exactly what homedir 
maps are, i've added a new option %N in to samba-1.9.18alpha.

this option defaults to %L if the NIS homedir support is either unused or
unsupported.  the profile directory and home directory now default to
\\%N\%U\profile and \\%L\%U respectively.

the %N option takes the "server" part of server:/users/home_directory and 
substitutes that.

therefore, if you are running samba on each of server1:/users/home_dir 
and server2:/users/home_dir (which will be necessary, by the way), then 
when the user logs in to _either_ server1 or server2, they will be 
referred to the correct home directory server.

luke (samba team member).

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