[Samba] Removing requirement for local machine accounts

Buchan Milne bgmilne at cae.co.za
Thu Jan 9 12:00:01 GMT 2003

> Message: 7
> Date: Wed, 8 Jan 2003 09:32:22 -0700
> From: Dan Peterson <danp at danp.net>
> To: samba at lists.samba.org
> Subject: Re: [Samba] Removing requirement for local machine accounts
> Bruno Gimenes Pereti <pereti at ump.edu.br> wrote:
>>> add user script = sudo /usr/sbin/adduser -n -g machines -c Machine -d 
>>> /dev/null -s /bin/false %m$
> Unfortunately, this is where the headache comes from. We rsync necessary
> password files (both system and samba) to many FreeBSD and Linux machines
> every few minutes.

You may want to consider using LDAP instead?

> These are generated from a PostgreSQL database which we'd
> rather not clutter with extra accounts if possible. So, that's why I'd like
> each samba instance to just do whatever it needs to do to let machines think
> they've joined the domain without caring about system and samba accounts.

Well, I don't know about making the machines think they have joined the
domain (they have password, which they need to access the domain), but
you may want to look into using one of the _nua (no user account)
backends in samba3.

But, then you would need to sync whatever files contain the machine
accounts. You may rather just want to implement LDAP (there may even be
a postgres backend for ldap, which will probably only allow you to
migrate to LDAP) instead, will simplify your whole setup and provide
more features.


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