[Samba] Winbind question...

Jeremy Lahners jlahners at schemmer.com
Mon Sep 30 09:54:00 GMT 2002

      After reading the documentation and watching the traffic on my new Samba server, I believe that in order for winbind to work correctly, it needs to be constantly able to connect to the main W2K server to retrieve password and username information. 

      My question is: 
        If I cannot assure this constant connection between the servers, is winbind my best solution for maintaining password and user synchronization?

      My situation:
        I have two offices connected via a VPN which allows all traffic to flow between the two offices. My main office has a W2K server and I have set up my remote office with Samba/Winbind.  The Internet connection is not extremely stable between the offices.  Everytime the connection goes down, even briefly, users at the remote office lose their connections to the server and are not able to re-connect without rebooting their PCs.

      The ideal solution:
        I would like to be able to set up winbind (or another program) to check with the W2K server periodically for updates only (maybe every day), otherwise I would like it to maintain the usernames and passwords entirely on the Samba server and not require a connection to the W2K server.

      Relevant smb.conf info:
      # Global parameters
              workgroup = SCHEMMER
              netbios name = FS1_CB
              security = DOMAIN
              encrypt passwords = Yes
              password server = *
              winbind uid = 10000-20000
              winbind gid = 10000-20000
              winbind separator = +
              winbind cache time = 86400

      Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks in advance!

      Jeremy Lahners
      Assistant Manager, I.T.
      The Schemmer Associates Inc.
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