[Samba] Inconsistent Authentication Results on Different Servers

Gerald (Jerry) Carter jerry at samba.org
Mon May 1 11:32:58 GMT 2006

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Tim Evans wrote:

> 1. What is the order of authentication when the user 
> has an /etc/passwd account on the server (no NIS in use), is
> in the smbpasswd file, and is in the Windows domain?

This is controlled by the undocumented 'auth methods' parameter.
For domain members, and the domain of the name being authenticated.
DOMAIN\user will only be authenticated by a domain controller
for that domain.

> 2. Can/should the smbpasswd file and tbd databases be 
> identical on all the servers? And, if so, must all
> domain accounts be listed in smbpasswd?

You don't need an smbpasswd file on domain member servers.
In this case, the smbpasswd file would be the local SAM
and the domain controllers provide the domain SAM.  Just like
you would see on a Windows member server.

cheers, jerry
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