[Samba] Newbie Authentication Questions

Bill Robinson samba at oozy.ws
Thu Oct 9 03:11:45 GMT 2003

Quoting John H Terpstra <jht at samba.org>:

> Bill,
> Have you looked at the Samba-HOWTO-Collection.pdf that ships with
> Samba-3.0.0?
> The chapter "Account Information Databases" answers your questions. Please
> let me know specifically what has not been well enough explained. What
> needs to be better documented?

Well - the begining of that section says:

"Samba-3 does not support Non-UNIX Account (NUA) operation for user accounts. 
Samba-3 does support NUA operation for machine accounts."  
So I guess that's possibly half of my problem solved.  

I gather that even w/ tdbsam, mysqlsam or xmlsam the /etc/passwd entries are 
still required for user accounts, but it seems that xmlsam is not a functional 

So it seems that the only way to do away w/ having Samba accts (users, 
machines) in /etc/passwd is to use ldap authentication for both Samba as well 
as the OS itself.  Maybe I'm missing something?  

Basically what I'm looking for is a way to have a unix box provide the NT 
Domain service to a group (uh domain) of NT/2k servers, but have all the 
authenticaton/accts/etc be compeletly self-contained in that service, and have 
no correlation to the OS authentication/accts/etc - which is guess is the NUA 

So maybe my question should be when will NUA be ready?



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