[Samba] Removing requirement for local machine accounts

Herb Lewis herb at sgi.com
Wed Jan 8 17:10:48 GMT 2003

"Bradley W. Langhorst" wrote:
> > It would also be nice if there was a way to alias all the system machine
> > accounts into one system account (and, for that matter, the samba machine
> > accounts into one samba account) and have samba do magic to keep what it
> > needs seperated out somewhere I don't have to worry about (Is this kind of
> > stuff in secrets.tdb?).
> the aliasing idea can't work because each machine must have its own
> password(it's updated automatically every x days)
This is not strictly true. The machine passwords are kept in the file
smbpasswd not in /etc/passwd. You could hack smbpasswd to always create
machine accounts with a fixed UID. Then you only need one account in
/etc/passwd with this UID instead of one account for each machine.

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