[Samba] Win98/2000 with plaintext?

John H Terpstra jht at samba.org
Thu Jan 8 16:09:56 GMT 2004

On Thu, 8 Jan 2004, Jan Engelhardt wrote:

> Hello,
> just a pretty short and up-to-the-point question:
>  Is it possible to run Samba both for Windows 98SE and Windows 2000
>  Professional using plaintext passwords?

Yes. It is possible, but you will have problems.

Plain-text passwords will not work with Domain security.
When a windows client drops a connection, and then tries to re-connect it,
the only password it can supply is the encrypted hash. If your Samba
server does not support encrypted passwords the reconnect will not work.
At best you will get an error that requires logging out, followed by
loging on again. At worst you will get a blue sreeen of death.

So, given that background, plain-text passwords kind of work, if you can
put up with the limitations described.

- John T.
John H Terpstra
Email: jht at samba.org

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