[SAMBA] how to make smbpasswd use or import system passwords?

Adam Williams awilliam at mdah.state.ms.us
Wed Feb 27 03:52:22 GMT 2008

you could use a tdbsam password backend, roaming profiles, tell all your 
users they will have a default password of whatever, and set their 
password to be expired, so on their first log in, they will be required 
to change their password.  if you read the samba docs, Windows uses a 
different password encryption then what /etc/passwd uses, they aren't 

or you can map to gues = bad user, and use guest only = yes and guest ok 
= yes on your shares, and set your shares not browsable, but i wouldn't 
recommend that.
Maginot Junior wrote:
> Hi!
> Im almost loosing my hairs here...
> I have already had troubles configuring samba to work just like I
> wanted but in the end everything was fine. Now I have searched a lot
> and many different views for this problems, so I think its better come
> here trying to find the entire solution...
> I have about 30 users on my box, all have passwords already set.
> So I come to the idea of making a share for each sector, like sales,
> financial, ti, and so on.
> So far no problem, the shares are created, owned by root and with the
> group respectively with the share name (group sales, share sales).
> Have already added in /etc/group the users for each group and gone
> configuring smb.conf.
> I start using security = user and setting inside the shares "valid users = @ti"
> Now comes the problem... when I try to access this share, I can only
> access with the user added to smbpasswd, for what I saw until now I
> must have the user in smbpasswd, this is a must to rule... I dont have
> any user passwd in my hand, so I cant just do a smbpasswd -a user and
> set what password whatever I want, so I tried "cat /etc/passwd |
> /usr/sbin/mksmbpasswd > /etc/samba/smbpasswd" and I got a lot of
> XXXX-XXX on the password fields of smbpasswd file...
> So Im lost on this, I must add all user to smbpasswd using the same
> password from the system... to make all to stay sync, but this is
> being a pain so any help will be very apreciated.
> Thanks,

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