[Samba] Re: PDC and windows xp domain joining - root user does not exist

Mark Rutherford mark at freequest.net
Sat Oct 16 16:54:21 GMT 2004

what should I set the loglevel to?
they get very big but I have a log here from a few minutes ago when I 
set it to '10'
they are accessible here:

ive since changed all the names of the servers, just to move away from 
the 'test', 'test1' confusion
if there is anything specific anyone wants to see, I can post it up 
also, after changing names around, ect im still getting this infamous 
'user does not exist'
thanks for the help :)

Igor Belyi wrote:

> Any smbd log you want to share?
> I'd expect some kind of error in there? :)
> Igor
> Mark Rutherford wrote:
>> ok, changed the computers name and added it just as I added 'test'
>> then, deleted the 'test' machine
>> the new machine I called 'mark'
>> and, it was already in a workgroup.. so I rebooted it
>> no change. it still tells me that root is an invalid user
>> so, im back where I started.
>> Anton K. wrote:
>>> Mark Rutherford wrote:
>>>> I am trying to set up a samba PDC, and I have followed many FAQ's 
>>>> and HOWTO's ive found online.
>>>> all seem to be just about the same..
>>>> So, I made a config up (at the end of this email)
>>>> then I did the following:
>>>> added users/machines as such:  (just trying to get it to work, will 
>>>> spice it up later)
>>>> useradd test$
>>>> passwd -l test$
>>>> smbpasswd -a -m test
>>>> smbpasswd root
>>>> (entered a password twice...)
>>>> Now... I went to the windows xp machine, changed some registry 
>>>> settings (windows xp with service pack 2, BTW.)
>>>> then I attempted to join the domain,  entered 'TEST' as the domain, 
>>>> and a prompt came up asking me for the username and password 
>>>> required to join the domain..
>>>> entered root and the root password and... it tells me: 'the 
>>>> specified user does not exist'
>>>> now, thats damned strange...
>>>> so I create another unix user, and then another samba user.. I call 
>>>> this user 'test' with a password 'test'
>>>> so, I try to use that, and it tells me access denied... so I can 
>>>> understand that..
>>>> I try to enter root with no password, and it tells me the username 
>>>> or password is invalid.. I expected that as well, I guess.
>>>> im at a loss. I honestly dont know what to do.
>>>> my thing is, at work we are considering switching off of novell in 
>>>> favor of samba, so I best get to know it
>>>> im off to a rocky start. I hope that someone on list has an idea.
>>>> thanks in advance :)
>>>> here is my smb.conf, mostly copied from examples:
>>>> [global]
>>>>        workgroup = TEST
>>>>        netbios name = SAMBAPDC
>>>>        server string = Samba %v on %L
>>>>        log level = 1
>>>>        log file = /var/log/samba/log.%L
>>>>        max log size = 1000
>>>>        time server = Yes
>>>>        socket options = TCP_NODELAY IPTOS_LOWDELAY SO_SNDBUF=8192 
>>>> SO_RCVBUF=8192
>>>>        logon script = logon.bat
>>>>        logon path = \\%N\profiles\%u
>>>>        domain logons = Yes
>>>>        os level = 255
>>>>        preferred master = Yes
>>>>        domain master = Yes
>>>> [netlogon]
>>>>        path = /home/samba/netlogon
>>>>        browseable = No
>>>> [profiles]
>>>>        path = /home/samba/profiles
>>>>        read only = No
>>>>        create mask = 0700
>>>>        directory mask = 0700
>>>>        browseable = No
>>>> [data]
>>>>        path = /home/samba/data
>>>>        read only = No
>>>>        create mask = 0750
>>>>        directory mask = 0750
>>>>        guest ok = Yes
>>> How did you called the machine. It has to be the same like the 
>>> machine account of cource, probably 'test' in your case. I saw that 
>>> you called the workgroup the same. My win workstations complain if 
>>> have machine with same name as domain. Try calling domain test1 and 
>>> machine test for instance.
>>> I also noticed that sometimes a win machine has to be restarted 
>>> before joining a domain .... I don't know why.....
>>> You can also try make a WinXP SP2 a workgroup machine before joining 
>>> to the domain and test  user root and password.....

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