[Samba] Samba 3.0, Windows 2k/XP and usrmgr.exe

rruegner robert at ruegner.org
Thu Sep 30 01:13:31 GMT 2004

Hi James,
i use usermgr on win xp serv pack2 to admin many smb domains,
my account is in the Domain Admin Group, and if i want to use it
at a not trusted domain i use "run as"
this work as well with ldap, smbpasswd backend
I guess somthing in you config isnt right.
I never use root to do anything, i deligated the most admin stuff to the 
win guys and they doing very well with usrmgr ( sometimes failure 
messages appear , but in real every funktion  works )

James Niven schrieb:
> Hi there
> I've just finished setting my first Samba PDC for 120ish users and so far so
> good, although its only been live for 2 days!!
> One problem I've come across (actually I had loads but the HOW-TO, Samba
> archive and google solved most of them) is with usrmgr.  There is one XP
> client that I have installed the NT 4 Server Tools software on for the
> school IT coordinator (note the phrase 'coordinator', not exactly a guru or
> sysadmin) to use to tidy up user names, passwords etc.  We are both set up
> as Domain Admins and have our primary LINUX GID set to 0 (root) but neither
> of us can log in and use the USRMGR.EXE program, it will connect but we
> can't view, add or delete etc.
> If I log onto the XP box as root it all works fine, users can be added,
> deleted, amended etc and of course I could get her to do this or use the
> server console, su as root and use pdbedit (Yeah, Right!).  I've been
> pulling my already unsubstantial hair out over this all evening and had I
> invested in the Google IPO I'd be a very rich man by now.  I've spent the
> evening checking net groupmap list, the unix user list, trying to get usrmgr
> to allow me to tell it who has permissions to add users to the domain (comes
> up with an error about local admins not being able to log in locally),
> adding domain admins to the local admin group, removing users from the
> domain admin group and adding them again and generally smoking a lot of
> cigarettes.
> So, could someone confirm that usrmgr can only be used fully when logged
> into a 2k/XP machine as root and that there is no functionality for the
> domain admin group to do this?
> On the brightside I successfully migrated from a smbpasswd backend to tdbsam
> tonight so life isn't all that bad!!
> Many Thanks
> James Niven
> ps  its my first time so I'm sorry if this has been covered ad nauseam
> already.

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