[Samba] Confusion as to how winbind and samba interact

Unix Service (ANTS) Unix.Services at ants.co.uk
Wed Jan 21 11:30:31 GMT 2004


while doing some investigation I noticed the following:

linux box + samba 3.0.0 with security = ads

if winbind in nsswitch.conf for passwd and group then everything ok.
if winbind not in nsswitch.conf and dameons restarted then samba
authentication stops working ( doing net view \\server returns access denied
if readd winbind to nsswitch .conf then have to restart daemons before
everything ok again.

this raises two questions:

(1) everything I'd read about samba + winbind implied that the nsswitch.conf
was only necessary if you wanted other unix services ( i.e. not samba ) to
use winbind - have I been stupid?

(2) with nsswitch.conf, the change should happen on the fly i.e. if it's
updated everything should start using the new configuration and you
shouldn't have to restart daemons to get them to use the new search path -
why am I not seeing this behaviour with samba/winbind?

any enlightenment would be appreciated



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