Joining NT domains

Kenneth W. Arthur kenneth.w.arthur at
Wed Jan 26 14:38:03 GMT 2000

I was having a problem with getting my samba server to join my NT domain.
The smbpasswd command was giving me the following error:

[alpha]root: /usr/local/samba/bin/smbpasswd -j USERS -r
modify_trust_password: machine BETA.KZOO.EDU rejected the session setup. Error
 was : code 131.
2000/01/26 09:26:40 : change_trust_account_password: Failed to change
password f
or domain USERS.
Unable to join domain USERS.

Since I saw in the archives that other people have encountered this, but
didn't see any solutions, I thought I'd pass on what I figured out.  It was
actually very simple.  The netbios name for "" was not the
FQDN but was simply "beta".  Thus if I changed the command to:

/usr/local/samba/bin/smbpasswd -j USERS -r beta

everything worked fine.  This assumes, though, that "beta" is resolved to
"" when on machine "alpha".  If it isn't, you might have to
tweak your DNS or /etc/hosts file as well. 

Ken Arthur

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Associate Director For Systems	fax: 616-337-7395
Kalamazoo College			email: karthur at
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