[Samba] Linux as PDC

Robert Adkins radkins at impelind.com
Fri Sep 1 15:52:00 GMT 2006

Logan Shaw wrote:
> On Fri, 1 Sep 2006, Rob Watkin wrote:
>> I will post the latest version smb.conf file below. I have followed the
>> instructions in http://us4.samba.org/samba/docs/man/Samba-HOWTO-
>> Collection/FastStart.html section "Domain Controller" for the most part.
>> I have one server (TAU) and one Windows XP client (vm-201). I can get
>> vm-201 to join my BC workgroup but not the domain. I am rebooting the XP
>> machine and restarting samba on TAU between experiments.
>> I have just noticed the following error in the log file which I think is
>> at the bottom of all this! When I try to get the XP box to join the BC
>> domain it asks for a username and password, I give tom ****** and then
> I have to admit that I myself don't understand the exact
> requirements on what type of account is required here, but
> it must be some sort of administrator account, not a regular
> user account, that you use to join to the domain.  So you
> need to use root, or possibly some other privileged account,
> but I know root works.
>   - Logan
    root is needed, I believe, in order for Samba to create the Machine 
Account automatically. I believe that you need to create a Samba account 
for root, if you are using the Linux passwd/groups and the smbpasswd 
files for authentication purposes.


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