[Samba] Licensing issues with MS Domain

Andrew Bartlett abartlet at samba.org
Tue Mar 23 22:26:03 GMT 2004

On Wed, 2004-03-24 at 07:54, mo dela wrote:
> I read many posts from the archives but could not find the answer to my 
> question. So here goes:
> I need to run a Samba installation on a RH9 Linux server. I have done such 
> installation before and was succesful at it. Our main network is W2K based 
> and users all have accounts in the domain. With great difficulties, I 
> convinced the MS Net Admin to create an entry for my Samba server in the 
> Domain so that I could use Domain Authentication.
> As soon as users started to map their Linux drives (authenticating to the 
> domain), the domain controller started to complain about licensing issues. 
> The net Admin was quick on the switch and swiftly removed my server from the 
> domain, arguing that it violates the licensing agreement.
> Questions are:
> Is there really an issue with licensing and Samba?

Samba will require a client access licence, like any MS server or
workstation would.  

> Can we still be in the Domain and use the domain for authentication without 
> promtping warnings about licences?

I have never seen licence warnings like that - you will need to provide
us with more information on what licencing modal you have selected, and
how you have configured Microsoft's licence management software.  (Which
is optional, I understand, but MS makes it easier to track things that

Andrew Bartlett

Andrew Bartlett                                 abartlet at pcug.org.au
Manager, Authentication Subsystems, Samba Team  abartlet at samba.org
Student Network Administrator, Hawker College   abartlet at hawkerc.net
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