[Samba] Samba - wireless - PDC

Matthew Easton info at sublunar.com
Mon Apr 4 07:39:22 GMT 2005

On Sunday 03 April 2005 14:29, emammendes at superig.com.br wrote:
> Hello
> I wonder how I could get my linux box to serve logins to a Windows Me box.
> At the moment samba is running but I cannot access home dirs (No user log
> on).
> Since ME (wireless card DWL+G520) accesses an AP (DI 624 - +
> ADSL) and the card manager comes up at end of the booting process, I have
> no idea how to get a user log on box (To be honest I don't know if this is
> possible - first time playing with ME).

I suppose the real question is "does the Windows client cache credentials?"
I have dealt with wireless logons in a domain environment with Win2k and WinXP 
Pro clients.  Here's what I found:

Basically, after you logon once over an ethernet connection, your username and 
password are cached locally.  

Thereafter, it's possible to logon wirelessly. I gather the wireless 
authentication process is something like this: First you authenticate 
connectionlessly with the cached credential, then wireless networking starts 
up and contacts the server. 

Nine times out of 10, the logon script manages to mount the shares.  For that 
1 out of 10 times that the shares don't get mounted, we have a shortcut on 
the desktop to a local copy of the logon script.

Note that the above will not work for windows users mapped to unix users in 
the "smbusers" file.  For example, "administrator" on windows is commonly 
mapped to "root" on unix.  Well, if I logon wirelessly, I logon as unix user 
"root" with the windows user "administrator" password.  Doesn't make sense, I 
know, but it works.

Here's a step-by-step windows ME client configuration for connection to a 
samba server.  Obviously your settings will be different, but it may be 
useful nonetheless.  http://www.ualberta.ca/CNS/SAMBA/winMEstep1.htm

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