[samba] create account that can join machines but not admin access on domain

Daniel Wilson daniel.wilson at sunderland.ac.uk
Wed Nov 17 16:55:10 GMT 2004

MaTT wrote:

> Hi Daniel... this is from the Samba Docs... will help
>  One of my junior staff needs the ability to add machines to the 
> Domain, but I do not want to give him root access. How can we do this?
> Users who are members of the Domain Admins group can add machines to 
> the Domain. This group is mapped to the UNIX group account called root 
> (or equivalent on wheel on some UNIX systems) that has a GID of 0. 
> This must be the primary GID of the account of the user who is a 
> member of the Windows Domain Admins account.
> http://www.lionix.com
> Linux
> Daniel Wilson wrote:
>> hi list,
>> im using samba 3.0.8 with LDAP,
>> To add a machine to the domain i currently use the administrator 
>> account (which has uidNumber=0), which means this account has 
>> automatic root on all of the shares (my shares arnt using samba, im 
>> using NetApps Filers, which have been configured to authenticate via 
>> samba), when we roll this project out accross the university (approx 
>> 50,000 users) we want the technicians in each school to be able to 
>> add machines to the domain but not get root/admin access to all the 
>> shares.
>> So my question is, Can you create an account that can add machines to 
>> the domain but doesnt get root/admin priveldges on all the 
>> shares/domain (as the would conflict with human rights issues etc...)
>> Regards
ive tried to set GID to 0 to an account, but i get unkwon username or 
password error when i try to add it, if i use administrtor adding is 
successful! ????

Daniel Wilson
Systems Administrator

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University of Sunderland
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