[Samba] Change Samba PDC transparent

Robert Adkins raa at impelind.com
Tue Jan 14 22:06:00 GMT 2003

When you mean register the client, are you meaning "Join the Domain"?

Unless I am mistaken, I believe the machine account that you had to   
create using smbpasswd creates the SID in the smbpasswd file, if you copy   
that file over to the new server, and also copy over all the netlogon   
information, profiles and such. Then you should have no issues and it   
will be "transparent" to the clients.

I believe that the "Registering" process that the workstation goes   
through when "creating" a machine account on the server is basically   
negotiating the SID from the server and then pulling that into its own   

If I understand correctly, all of the Samba files, smb.conf, smbpasswd   
and the related accounts you create in the UNIX passwd/groups files act   
as the PDC you are running. Theoretically, you should be able to take   
those files anywhere, fire up the Samba service and be up and running   
with an exact duplicate of the original Samba PDC, right down to the SID   
of the individual workstations and user accounts.

Someone please correct me if I am wrong, because then I will have more   
work cut out for me when I build my Samba BDC.

Robert Adkins II
IT Manager/Buyer
Impel Industries, Inc.
Ph. 586-254-5800
Fx. 586-254-5804

 -----Original Message-----
From: Trebisch Tamas [mailto:trebischt at programozo.hu]
Sent: Tuesday, January 14, 2003 10:51 PM
To: samba at lists.samba.org; Robert Adkins
Subject: [Samba] Change Samba PDC transparently



I have to change the hardware under our Samba
server, so I'll install a new one, copy
every config file to the new server
and start the processes.

But I don't know how can I register the
client again on the new server without
to generate a new profile on client side?

So, can I do this somehow, or should I just
create them again on the Samba server
and after the clients generate a new profile
just set every programs again?


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