[Samba] Samba 3 as PDC with Debian Linux server and Windows XP clients

Gary Dale garydale at torfree.net
Tue Sep 27 13:27:38 GMT 2005

I'm running Samba 3 on Debian/Sarge. The roaming profiles seems to come
by default if you follow the example/directions in the Official Samba 3
Howto & Reference Guide. There's also the newer Samba 3 by example. Both
are available at samba.org.

Make sure you have a samba folder with netlogon and profiles subfolders.
I keep mine in /home.

When you say "upgrading", do you have an existing Domain and controller
or are you starting up a domain?

If you are starting a new domain, make it easy on yourself and use SWAT.
You need to uncomment the swat line in /etc/inetd.conf and restart it.

If you are converting from a Windows domain controller, there is a
"vampire" mode that sucks the existing date from your domain controller.
Then you need to remove your old domain controller and promote your new
one. However, I've had problems after doing this. You may prefer just to
set up a new domain if you only have a limited number of clients.

Andrew Bevan wrote:

> Dear list
> I am relatively new to networking problems of this kind so apologies 
> for the potentially simple question. I am trying to upgrade an 
> existing network to one using Samba 3 to configure roaming XP profiles 
> on a limited number of clients. I have re-written the smb.conf file to 
> reflect what I think are the appropriate settings, and this passed 
> testparm successfully, but I am unclear what to do next, despite the 
> help offered in the usual howtos.
> Additionally when i try to run smbclient -L  [hostname]
>> read_socket_with_timeout: timeout read. read error = Connection reset 
>> by peer.tree connect failed: Read error: Connection reset by peer
> Can anyone let me know what I should be doing next? Part of my 
> confusion is whether I need to move or otherwise re-set existing 
> user-logins (for Unix, currently matched but not synchronised in the 
> samba database) and passwords for them to act as individual profiles 
> for XP.
> Many thanks for any help
> Andy
> Dr Andrew Bevan
> Lecturer
> Institute of Archaeology
> University College London
> 31-34 Gordon Square
> London WC1H 0PY
> tel: +44 (0)20 7679 7523 (internal 27523)
> fax: +44 (0)20 7383 2572
> email: a.bevan at ucl.ac.uk
> info: www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology/staff/profiles/bevan

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