[Samba] Configuring Samba with NIS

Daniel L. Miller dmiller at amfes.com
Thu Aug 7 21:38:37 GMT 2008

Harvey, Edward wrote:
> Hey all.
> I have a bunch of linux servers, all using NIS to maintain username/password/UID/GID information.  I'm trying to make the filesystems browsable from Windows XP, while maintaining correct UID/GID info.  It seems this would be really simple, just let the user login to \\linuxmachine with his/her linux username & password, and everything they do happens as them.  As you know - no such thing.  :-(
> I'm using RHEL 4u4 x86_64, samba 3.0.10-1.4E.9, swat 3.0.10-1.4E.9
> In swat, it seems to indicate available "auth methods" are "guest sam winbind" and some deprecated stuff I shouldn't use.
> I guess there is no auth method to use the local passwd/shadow files, or NIS database?
> Also, I guess there is no idmap backend to simply map UID/GID based on username?
> * I cannot use the essentially randomly generated UID/GID scheme.
> * I will have a very difficult time to use winbind (I don't have windows domain admin access, and those who do are difficult to convince they should type the domain admin pass on some prompt when they don't understand the prompt.)
> * I prefer not to use a cronjob on every machine to regenerate the smbpasswd all the time.  Also, by looking around, it doesn't appear this is possible anyway.
> Is there any graceful solution here?
> I don't see the need for *yet* another password database...
> Thanks for any suggestions...  I have been googling and browsing fanatically....
Probably not the answer you want - but have you considered migrating 
your NIS solution to LDAP?  I say this because after being frustrated 
with my own (small) NIS implementation, moving to LDAP solved a number 
of problems for me.

Whether it solved more than it created....


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