[Samba] Samba+e-Directory Working! (fwd)

Chuck Stuettgen cstuettgen at myrealbox.com
Mon Oct 27 03:25:14 GMT 2003

On Sun, 2003-10-26 at 00:32, Andrew Bartlett wrote:

> > The exciting news is; I have Samba+e-Directory authentication working!
> Not really...
> > 
> >   encrypt passwords = no
> That really doesn't count as 'working'.  Working would be actually using
> ldapsam against edirectory.  We have bugs out against that, it appears
> that (at least certain versions of) edirectory does not follow the
> relevant RFCs.

How does not using encrypted passwords support your assertion that Samba
is not using eDirectory for authentication? 

The facts are:

1. Until I recompiled Samba to include the -with-ldapsam option I was
not able to connect to the Samba shares.
2. There are no local user accounts contained in either the Linux passwd
file or the Samba smbusers file. 
3. Windows clients are using their Novell user id's and passwords when
authenticating to the Samba shares.
4. With the appropriate pam_mkhomedir.so commands in /etc/pam.d/samba,
the users home directory is automatically created the first time the
user connects to the Samba server, and the user has full rights the
5. I can provide DSTRACE LDAP log files that clearly show the
authentication process.

There obviously is an issue with using encrypted passwords with Samba
and eDirectory. But, given the above facts, I can not honestly see how
you can say that Samba is not using eDirectory for authentication.

If I am wrong, please enlighten me.

> https://bugzilla.samba.org/show_bug.cgi?id=330

Looking at this bug, the resolution is listed as "WONTFIX". Does this
mean there are no plans to work with Novell on Samba/eDirectory support?

BTW I am using eDirectory 8.71 running on a NetWare 6.0 SP3 server. 


In case this post does not come across in the spirit that it is
intended, please be aware that it is not meant to be combative in
anyway.  My ONLY goal is to use Samba in an eDirectory environment and
contribute back to the Samba community my experiences in doing so. 

So far I have successfully setup two Samba servers and I am in the
process of documenting the procedure.  I will post the completed
document on my website when I am satisfied that anyone can follow it.

Like the dinosaur, Windows on the desktop is destined to
become extinct...

Chuck Stuettgen cstuettgen at myrealbox.com

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