Transfering passwords from Unix to NT (RESEND!)

Paul Warren P.Warren at its.unimelb.EDU.AU
Tue Jan 27 02:57:56 GMT 1998

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>From: "SI-Gaetan Boudreau" <boudreg at IRCM.UMontreal.CA>
>Message-Id: <980126162714.ZM11846 at si04.IRCM.UMontreal.CA>
>Date: Mon, 26 Jan 1998 16:27:13 -0400
>To: samba at
>Subject: Transfering passwords from Unix to NT

>What is the best way to transfer the password file from Unix to NT.
>Let's say we have Samba running with security=server and encrypted=yes 
>and the encrypted passwords are in the smbpasswd file. The 
>authentication server is a Unix machine.
>If we want to add an NT server (PDC) on the network and make it 
>authenticate with "password server = NTmachine", is there a way to 
>transfer all the users passwords from smbpasswd on the Unix machine to 
>the SAM on the NT machine.

Correct me if I'm wrong (as I have not actually tested the program as
but won't "pwload" write the encrypted username and password from the
file straight into the registry?

Anyone like to comment further on this suggestion?

Anyone got a compiled copy of this utility I can test...?

>Is it easier to migrate from clear text password ?
>Because we are still in that mode for now. Which brings another 
>question. Is there a way, other than having each user set is encrypted 
>password with the command "smbpasswd", to switch from clear password to 
>encrypted mode ?
>Is storing the passwords in smbpasswd mean that the user can have a 
>different password for Unix and SMB ?



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