Password server option necessary?

Nimish Philip nimish.philip at
Tue Jan 30 15:31:11 GMT 2001

Hello Don

Firstly, thank you for your reply.

I believe samba 2.0.7 defaults to user-security, so when users login at their
Win2k PC's
they should automatically be logged onto the Unix server as well, right? (all
users have full accounts on the Unix server)

Do I still need to create users with smbpasswd?

I have edited the registries of all the Win2k clients as well to
EnablePlainTextPassword as per the MS support website.

A user can login and see the workgroup,when they try to access a share they
are asked for a username and password which is identical to their login
username and password.

They are then able to map this share as a drive.

The problem is, when they logout and login again, they cannot access the
mapped drives.
They have to disconnect the previously mapped drives  and then remap the
shares again going through the whole process again, login etc..( they meaning
I ..:-))

I can't figure out what's causing this. Maybe some win2k setting?

Many thanks!

"MCCALL,DON (HP-USA,ex1)" wrote:

> Hello Nimish,
> No, that's not the way it works - the whole point of security = server is
> that you are TELLING samba that someone ELSE will be doing ntlmV1 password
> authentication FOR you.  The password server = line needs to be there to
> tell samba WHO to pass authentication off to.  You should specify the
> "workgroup = " to be the DOMAIN of the NT server that will be doing your
> password authentication, and the password server = line be a list of
> PDC/BDC's in that domain, or a "*" which will tell samba to go FIND a
> PDC/BDC in that domain.
> If you want Samba to do it's own authentication, you should be in
> security=USER mode, and set up your smbpasswd file with the usernames and
> passwords of the users you want to have access to your machine.
> I won't go into detail, but please read chapter 6 in the O'Reilly "Using
> Samba" book; you can purchase it, or read it online in html format at
> Hope this helps,
> Don
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Nimish Philip [mailto:nimish.philip at]
> Sent: Tuesday, January 30, 2001 2:31 AM
> To: samba at
> Subject: Password server option necessary?
> Hello
> My security setting is server i.e security = server
> Is it then necessary/mandatory  to have an explicit password server =
> <whatever> declaration?
> Can't the server running samba act as the password server?
> The setup is samba 2.0.7 on Solaris 2.5.1 and i'm trying to login and
> map drives from a Win2k Server machine.
> This is a snip of my log file...
> [2001/01/30 09:14:55, 1] smbd/files.c:file_init(216)
>   file_init: Information only: requested 10000 open files, 1014 are
> available.
> [2001/01/30 09:15:37, 0] smbd/password.c:server_cryptkey(1025)
>   password server not available
> [2001/01/30 09:15:37, 1] smbd/password.c:server_validate(1069)
>   password server  is not connected
> [2001/01/30 09:15:37, 1] smbd/reply.c:reply_sesssetup_and_X(925)
>   Rejecting user 'nimish': authentication failed
> --
>  Nimish Philip (I.T. Department)
>  Kromberg & Schubert Brits South Africa (Pty) Ltd.
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 Nimish Philip (I.T. Department)
 Kromberg & Schubert Brits South Africa (Pty) Ltd.
 Phone  : +27 12 2501100 ext: 1117
 Fax    : +27 12 2501122

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