[Samba] Samba Encrypted Passwords

Robert Adkins raa at impelind.com
Tue Jan 21 20:45:01 GMT 2003

Hello All,

	I am building a redundant secondary server here in the office and I have   
a few questions about how Samba stores the passwords created for the   
Samba accounts.

	If I am not mistaken the smbpasswd file contains the encrypted   
passwords, which would mean, if I copied that file to the correct   
location on the backup server, then the users would be able to access the   
backup server, if I needed to switch things immediately.

	I know, it would be best to move authentication to a centrally   
controlled system, like NIS or OpenLDAP. This is something that I will be   
looking into and configuring, as time avails itself to me. However, I am   
concerned with the immediate future at this time.

	What happens if my main server has a hardware failure tomorrow? Will the   
files I copied over to the backup server allow me to resume services   

	What I need to know is what files MUST I copy over from the main to the   
backup server in order to preserve the network services all the users are   
comfortable with?

	Thanks for the assistance.

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

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