[Samba] Samba 2.2.7 - client computer can NOT log IN.

Irving Carrion icarrion at allinterior.com
Thu Dec 5 15:25:01 GMT 2002

Hello All!

Any of our workstations who try and log into the domain receive the
following Windows error: "The system cannot log you on to this domain
because the system's computer account in its primary domain is missing
or the password on that account is incorrect".  Ok, good enough...

If I check the smbpasswd file I can see the machine account and it is
also in passwd.  So I decide to manually remove it using

smbpasswd -x -m computer1
userdel computer1$

I verify that it is NOT in smbpasswd,passwd,shadow etc....Then continue

useradd -d /dev/null -g 100 -s /bin/false -M computer1$
smbpasswd -a -m computer1$

I verify that it IS in smbpasswd,passwd,shadow etc....

Ok, this should work, right?  Not.  Try again.  Same error message.  

Oh and by the way, these machine accounts were working perfectly before.

I've googled and babbled and have read manuals, with no luck.

Also, if it's not the computer account, is it a wrong machine password?
The password should be null so I don't understand the logic?  Also, is
there some type of machine cache?  Is samba 2.2.7 storing the machine
info in some .tdb file as well?

Debian3.0/Samba 2.2.7

Would be highly appreciative if someone could extend some knowledge my


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