[Samba] Samba as a NT PDC

Adam Lang aalang at rutgersinsurance.com
Thu Oct 17 14:58:01 GMT 2002

CARTER is the name of the linux Samba server that is the PDC.

According to my documentation, I am suppsoed to do the following.

1) Create the Unix account:
 /usr/sbin/useradd -c 'Samba PDC for CHERRY_HILL' -M -s /dev/null CARTER$

2) Add a machine account
smbpasswd -a -m CARTER

3) Add it to the domain (which it is the PDC of)
smbpasswd -j CHERRY_HILL

I am NOT adding an XP machine in at this time.  I am setting up the PDC.  So
yes, I DO know what the -j option is for.

Adam Lang
Systems Engineer
Rutgers Casualty Insurance Company
----- Original Message -----
From: "John Benedetto" <jbenedet at unm.edu>
To: "Adam Lang" <aalang at rutgersinsurance.com>
Sent: Thursday, October 17, 2002 10:51 AM
Subject: Re: [Samba] Samba as a NT PDC

> --On Thursday, October 17, 2002 10:21 AM -0400 Adam Lang
> <aalang at rutgersinsurance.com> wrote:
> > I have started to modify to allow for the new XP machines we are having.
> >
> > I added CARTER$ (machine name) to the unix account.
> >
> > I added it with smbpasswd.
> >
> > I go to add itself to the domain (smbpasswd -j CHERRY_HILL) and I get
> > error:
> > No password server list given in smb.conf - unable to join domain.
> >
> > Now it says password server should not point to itself in TFM.  I tried
> > lookign through the archives and didn't find anything.  I am not sure
> > direction to go from here.
> >
> > Adam Lang
> Uh.... *why* are you executing the -j option in smbpasswd? Here is the
> first paragraph from that section of 'man smbpasswd':
> "  -j DOMAIN
>    This option is used to add a Samba server into a Windows NT Domain, as
> a  Domain member capable of authenticating user accounts to any Domain
> Controller in the same way as a Windows NT Server.  See  the
> security=domain option in the smb.conf (5) man page."
> According to your message, you are not trying to add your Samba server to
> an existing Windows domain, you are trying to add a Windows XP machine to

> your existing Samba domain.
> And, when you say:
> > I added it with smbpasswd.
> *HOW* did you add it?  You would need to add the machine account, right?
> That would be with "smbpasswd -a -m CARTER". Is that how you did it?
> If so, at this point, you now go the XP machine, and change the network
> config there to have it join your Samba domain.
> >From traffic on the list, it also appears that you would need to run the
> SIGNORSEAL registry key/setting/whatever (I am not yet running XP that I
> have had to add to my Samba domain).
> - john

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