desparate: authentication

Nik Sands Nik.Sands at
Sun Feb 11 21:53:16 GMT 2001

Do the Windows clients have their registry setting added for plain text 

Because Unix and Windows uses different encryption algorithms, SAMBA can 
only understand plain text passwords from windows.  However, since Win98 & 
NT4, Windows only sends encrypted passwords (windows encrypted, not unix 

There is a registry entry that can be set on each Windows client, to try 
plain text if encrypted fails.  Do a search on the Microsoft Web site for it.


At 04:31 PM 2/11/01 -0500, you wrote:
>Okay, I've read and followed O'Reilly, I've read the Samba web page, I've 
>Swat, I've tried numerous smb.conf settings and examples.   I didn't want to
>post but I'm going insane!
>I have a linux server running Samba.   I need to have numerous Win98 boxes be
>able to access directories on it.  Honestly, it doesn't matter if people have
>passwors or not (yes, I know.  I would prefer them, my boss doesn't mind 
>way...)  Passwords or not, it'd help if people were plopped into 
>respective home
>I CAN get pcguest to work but thats it.
>I enable password encryption since it's Win98.  The users exist on the linux
>box and have passwords.  I use smbpasswd -a <user> to add them to the 
>file- with the same password as their linux usernames and the same as their
>windows logon name and password.
>Network neighborhood can see the server just fine.  However, when it prompts
>for a password, it ALWAYS says incorrect password no matter what.  I've tried
>disabling encryption, setting null passwords=yes and using an account 
>without a
>password...  It always says incorrect password.  What am I missing!?!?
>If anyone has a working sample smb.conf that accomplishes roughly the same
>thing or any tips or advice, I'd REALLY appreciate it!  I've read and 
>tried all
>I can think of and I'm totally stumped.
>-Martha Jo
>--Martha Jo McCarthy
>mjo at  (alternate: mjm6 at

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