[Samba] can't connect to osx 10.3 from win2k

Mark Maggelet mark at educationplanet.com
Tue Sep 20 19:58:47 GMT 2005

Hi Daniel,
Thanks for the response. Are you sure this is right? None of the docs I 
have read mention smbpasswd and I was under the impression that the 
samba on osX uses the system account passwords to authenticate. There is 
no /etc/samba/smbpasswd but there is a /private/var/db/samba/smbpasswd 
which is empty. When I try to go 'smbpasswd username' as root it says 
'Failed to initialize SAM_ACCOUNT for user username. Does this user 
exist in the UNIX password database?'

so I tried to go 'passwd username' and it took it but I don't see it in 
/etc/passwd, which isn't even where I think osX saves passwords. I'm not 
even sure if the username I'm supposed to be logging in with is the osX 
account 'Name' or the 'Short Name' so I'm trying both.

This is driving me nuts. I can't believe anyone has ever gotten this to 

Thanks for any help.

- Mark

dan1 wrote:
> Hello, Mark.
> This might mean that you have not the same user name or password on both 
> machines. please check that first. It is no problem to have different user 
> names, but you must then edit your /etc/samba/smbpasswd file to put in there 
> the proper user and password that you want to access from the windows 
> machine.
> This makes like a bridge from one user to another user name (or same user 
> name but another password) on the samba machine.
> Hope this helps.
> Regards,
> Daniel
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: Mark Maggelet
> To: samba at lists.samba.org
> Sent: Tuesday, September 20, 2005 7:59 PM
> Subject: [Samba] can't connect to osx 10.3 from win2k
> I'm trying to connect to a share on osx running samba 3.0.10 and I keep
> getting 'incorrect password or unknown username'. Any ideas what the
> problem is?
> Thanks

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