[Samba] Installing Samba on Solaris

Constance Mallon cmallon at liveworld.com
Mon Oct 11 19:19:17 GMT 2004


Last time I wrote, I recieved a follow-up from someone who told me to "read
the manual".  Since then I've discovered that we can't access the samba
system files from the MACs with samba on Solaris.  I've explained this to
the supervisor and he feels nfs will be fine. (Although the file system is
mounted on to a Solaris system from an Xserver which means we'll have to
reshare the files and I'm not sure if NFS will do that- but that's another
post) My next question doesn't appear to be covered in the how-to and I'm
hoping that someone can help.  Everyone on our network authenticates to the
name server. However, no one has a home directory.  We don't have a Windows
network or domain.  How can I set up windows users who need to access Samba
shares to authenticate trough the name server?  I've tried setting up server
level security (security = nameserver name) but that didn't work. It appears
that users can only be authenticated through the smb.passwd file.  Is there
anyway to bypass this and use our Solaris name server instead?

Any help would be very much appreciated!

Thank you,

orignal posting:

I'm new to Samba and Unix in general.  I've been given the task of setting
up Samba on a Solaris 7 server.  I been told that both Windows XP and Mac
systems need to access several folders on this system.  In addition, this
set up has to work with our Name server (dns1) to authenticate the users for

I was able to set up Samba with NIS support but only the Windows clients can
see it properly and honestly - the shares are not showing up in Network
neighborhood - I have to search for them).  I would like to add that there
is no actual domain here (it's a Mac/Unix shop and I'm the Windows support
person).  The Windows clients don't have a windows network, no ADC, no PDC,
no WINS server).  The Mac clients can see the shared folders (ie:
/mnt/Applicatons or /mnt/users) but they are unable to see the contents of
the folders. In addition the only way the clients can access the Samba share
is if I create a local username and passwd for them (smbpasswd file).

I'm not even sure where to start at this point.  I think I need to reinstall
Samba with smbwrapper for the Macs?  I really need help - I've used both the
Samba.org website and the O'Reily Samba manual for assistance but I think
this situation may be a little on the odd side.

Thank you in advance,




# workgroup = NT-Domain-Name or Workgroup-Name, eg: MIDEARTH
   workgroup = "workgroup"
encrypt passwords = yes
# server string is the equivalent of the NT Description field
   server string = Samba Server
# Security mode. Defines in which mode Samba will operate. Possible
# values are share, user, server, domain and ads. Most people will want
# user level security. See the Samba-HOWTO-Collection for details.
   security = user
# this tells Samba to use a separate log file for each machine
# that connects
   log file = /usr/local/samba/var/log.%m
# Put a capping on the size of the log files (in Kb).
   max log size = 50
# Most people will find that this option gives better performance.
# See the chapter 'Samba performance issues' in the Samba HOWTO Collection
# and the manual pages for details.
# You may want to add the following on a Linux system:
#         SO_RCVBUF=8192 SO_SNDBUF=8192
   socket options = TCP_NODELAY

path = /mnt/Applications
public = yes
guest ok = yes
;   writable = yes
read only = no
;   printable = no

path = /mnt/groups
public = yes
guest ok = yes
read only = no

path = /mnt/users
public = yes
guest ok = yes
read only = no

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