[Samba] New users cannot log on, current users okay

A.J.Dawson A.J.Dawson at Bradford.ac.uk
Mon May 19 11:13:46 GMT 2003

I am having a problem with the Samba server that I run.  Simply, new users
added to the system cannot log on to the PC's that are controlled from the
Samba server's domain.  Users that are already on the system and have been
working for some time seem to be unaffected.

I suspect that the problem may well be related to the 'minor' problem we
experienced with the server the other day - the system disk crashed and
burned, so we had to rebuild the system from scratch.

I had however got copies of all of the password and shadow files,
secrets.tdb etc which were all duly copied back into place on the new

The server is up and running fine (i.e. file and print sharing is working
100% for those who already had a username/password on the system), however
users that have been added since the rebuild cannot log onto domain
controlled PC's at all, receiving the message 'The system could not log
you on...'

Do I need to recreate the secrets.tdb file and then rejoin all of the PC's
to the domain?  Or is there something else that I have missed that is
causing this problem?  This is unfortunately rather urgent, so if anyone
does have a solution to the problem, could you please let me know asap?


Dr. Andy Dawson
A.J.Dawson at Bradford.ac.uk

 Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

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