SAMBA digest 2386

John LeMay jlemay at
Sun Jan 23 05:07:51 GMT 2000

You can grab the reg files to update NT, 95, 98, and 2000 machines from:

You can use these files from a batch file with the command:

regedit /s file.reg

...or double-click the reg file to apply at the local workstation.

Shahin Merat wrote:
> >> > I have Samba 2.0.6 on a Redhat 6.1 linux box.
> >> > How can I make samba use the /etc/shadow file
> >> > for authenticating users?
> >> > Reading the archives I assumed there should be
> >> > a compile-time option I should set, but I found
> >> > no such option.
> > Samba uses pam (configure --with-pam), so that you can authenticate
> > against /etc/shadow. I think this is the default if you don't use
> > encrypted passwords (you don't need to recompile, samba that comes with
> > redhat should already be compiled to use pam).
> >
> > However if you authenticate against the linux passwd database, then you
> > have to turn password encryption off on all win9x and winnt machines.
> >
> > I think it's by far better to manually adjust the smbpasswd, then to
> > have to edit the registry of all win workstations. The golden rule is:
> > don't touch win machines if you don't have to :-)
> > --
> > giulioo at
> :-) True, but unfortunately I have to, most of our users can only
> use web brousers and know nothing about computers! I have a secure
> physical network and plenty of scripts that manipulate the /etc/passwd
> (or shadow) files. So my best choice is to have smb authentication
> done with /etc/shadow. I couldn't find how to make win9x/NT not
> encrypt the passwds. I'm rather new to NT and don't know my way
> around it very well, I have already begun to hate it! but I have
> no choice. How can I config 9x/NT not to encrypt the passwd?
> Thanx
> S. Merat

John LeMay Jr.
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