[Samba] "LDAP only" authentication without NSS/PAM - possible?

Tomasz Chmielewski mangoo at wpkg.org
Fri Jan 27 08:22:30 GMT 2006

Is it possible to configure Samba so that it could authenticate users 
from the LDAP server *only* (i.e., operating system doesn't see the 
users from LDAP).

I'm working on an embedded Samba domain controller, it is based on Linux 
/ busybox / uClibc (and Samba with OpenLDAP).

The system doesn't use glibc, but it's smaller brother uClibc, and it 
doesn't have anything like PAM or NSS.

Because of this, Samba can fetch the users from LDAP, but can't verify 
that these users exist as system users - and refuses to logon with 

Is there a way I can use Samba + LDAP without seeing LDAP users as 
system users?

Tomasz Chmielewski

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