[Samba] why does samba need "anonymous access enabled" on windows to join AD server?

egold at fsa.com egold at fsa.com
Mon Sep 27 17:57:46 GMT 2004

I noticed when trying to use a windows active directory server for my
"password server" that i cannot join the windows AD domain (using the net
join command) unless the windows server has "anonymous access enabled".
Why is this? I am trying to join as "administrator" so why does it need

My windows admins want to change all the windows AD servers to disable
anonymous access.

so my question is:

how can i get samba to use windows AD with anonymous access disabled?
why does samba need anonymous access?

im running solaris 8 and samba 3.0.7.

here is the error i get when anonymous access is turned off:

/usr/local/samba/lib# net join -w MYDOMAIN.com -S WINSERVER3 -U

Unable to join domain FSA.

here is my smb.conf:

[Global] parameters
        workgroup = MYDOMAIN
        wins support = Yes
        hosts allow = all
        encrypt passwords = Yes
        unix password sync = Yes
        passwd program = /usr/bin/passwd %u
        update encrypted = No
        lm announce = true
        log level = 2
# for AD passwords
#       password server = *
        password server = WINSERVER1 WINSERVER2
        security = domain
        path = /export
        comment = export
        browseable = yes
        writable = yes
        read only = No
        public = No
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