[Samba] Kickoff time expired, how to change?

Tim Donnelly tim at coalliance.org
Mon Nov 12 17:35:32 GMT 2007

I am attempting to move my running Samba server from an old, inadequate
machine, to one that is better suited to handle the load.  Our office is
very small, only 8 people, and the configuration is simple.  I am running
Samba 3.0.23c on the old server and 3.0.23d on the new.  I am using the
tdbsam for the backend.


Basically I copied the entire /etc/samba directory from the old to the new
server and used rsync to keep the users directories up to date with each


The problem is, on the new machine, if I look at a users information using
pdbedit -Lv <username> I see that the Kickoff time and Password Must Change
fields are both set to Wed, 31 Dec 1969 16:59:59 MST.  This results in the
users account being "expired" and of course they cannot log in.  I can
change the Password Must change field easily enough, but I cannot find any
reference to Kickoff Time that does not also talk about LDAP in the
documentation, on this list or even via Google.


I don't have the time, nor frankly the inclination, to try and set up an
LDAP server at the moment.


Is there some way to change the Kickoff Time?  Or is there a different
technique I should follow to migrate servers?


Thank you.


Tim Donnelly

System/Network Administrator

Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries

(303)759-3399 x106


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