[Samba] Help using multiple file servers

Robert Rati Robert.Rati at motorola.com
Wed Sep 10 22:02:36 GMT 2003

I'm not sure this will solve the problem I am looking at.  I can see an 
LDAP server for authentication (although I currently don't have one 
setup and would prefer not to have to set one up), but how does an LDAP 
server help with the home directory and profile serving?  If a user logs 
onto machine A which is on subnet A, then samba server A would 
authenticate against the LDAP server and serve the home dir and profile. 
  What happens if the same user logs onto machine B which is on subnet 
B?  The samba server B would authenticate with the LDAP server, but 
would the user's home directory and profile be served from server A? 
Will the LDAP solution you suggest provide this ability?

Ideally, I'd like all the users to be authenticated through one samba 
server (let's say server A), and the home directories and profiles for 
those users to be served from the authenticating server (server A) or an 
alternate samba server (server B).


Radio Gong 2000 GmbH & Co. KG [Technik] wrote:
> Hi,
> the best way, I think, is to use LDAP for authenticating. So you've one 
> server, which does all the stuff for you.
> The other way is to write a little and simple script, which "keeps the 
> passwordfiles in sync":
> #!/bin/sh
> # 08-30-2000
> # Synchronize the user accounts every night
> scp /etc/passwd
> scp /etc/shadow
> scp /etc/group
> scp /etc/gshadow
> scp /etc/samba/smbpasswd
> cp -v /etc/passwd /data/backup/user/
> cp -v /etc/shadow /data/backup/user/
> cp -v /etc/group /data/backup/user/
> cp -v /etc/gshadow /data/backup/user/
> cp -v /etc/samba/smbpasswd /data/backup/user/
> # END
> I installed an ssh-key, so a cronjob can do the job for me...
> Makes no sense but it's nice...
> :-)
> Greetings
> Sascha

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