[Samba] Re: Re: setting up Samba server as a PDC

Eric Evans eje4 at cornell.edu
Fri Jul 7 14:06:48 GMT 2006

OK, one little question here: what about passwords for the machine 
accounts?  How should such passwords be chosen, and how does the client 
machine know to use the right password when logging on to the domain?


>Every machine that joins a Windows domain has a machine account, because the
>machine logs itself onto the domain when it boots up.  Just like users have
>to have an account on a domain, so do machines.  A machine account is the
>name of the machine, appended with a dollar symbol ($).
> >> or b) make use of the 'add machine script' in
> >> smb.conf.
> >
> > Sorry, but what "add machine script" are you referring to?  I'm not
> > familiar with any add machine script.
>In smb.conf, there is an option 'add machine script' which is the script to
>call when someone tried to join a machine to a domain.  Samba uses this
>script to create a UNIX account (and Samba account) for that machine.
>For example, my smb.conf in FreeBSD, is:
>add machine script = pw user add -n %u -g winstations -c Windows_Machine -s
>...which adds a user %u, with primary group set to 'winstations' with
>descriptive name 'Windows_Machine' and no login shell.  %u is supplied by
>Samba so don't worry about that.
> > I don't mean to be unnecessarily annoying, but I've never used domains
> > before and I'm still very unclear on what exactly is required to set up a
> > domain controller.  Is there some good documentation on this somewhere
>This should help:
>Go to chapter 4.
> > that I could refer to?  The Samba documentation seems to be sadly
> > deficient on the topic of how to set up a Samba server as a PDC.  If
> > anyone has any further advice or guidance on how in the world one can get
> > a Samba server to work as a PDC, I'd greatly appreciate it.
>The official Howto is more a collection of FAQs, than a step-by-step guide.
>Painful though it is to read, it is actually useful if you can find the info
>you want.
>I'm relatively new to Samba too, so understand how difficult it is to learn
>and I'm just glad I can be of assistance to someone else.  One good turn
>deserves another and all that!
>Kind regards,
>Steve :)
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