[Samba] Re: Standalone Server with Wins -- Password Not Required on Win/XP

Dragan Krnic dkrnic at googlemail.com
Fri Jan 18 19:50:53 GMT 2008

On 1/18/08, Ryan Novosielski <novosirj at umdnj.edu> wrote:
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> Dragan Krnic wrote:
> |>> If I enter userid Only, I gain full access to the share without
> |>> Ever entering a password
> |> This incorrect behavior is caused as a result of
> |> "preferred master = yes" in the smb.conf file.
> |> If I comment this line out in smb.conf, everything
> |> works fine.
> |
> | What has "preferred master" to do with this passwords?
> | I'm really puzzled, especially because I set my PDC as
> | "preferred master", even though it would probably by
> | default ("auto") chose to be one.
> Virtually zero. All it does it make is slightly more likely that it will
> win a browsing election. If you read the smb.conf manpage, I think it is
> pretty clear, but it's been awhile since I read it.
> That COULD have an effect if it disables browsing to the proper password
> server, but it has no direct effect.

There might be something to it, if "preferred master" is masking the actual
authentification server. But still, was it really the case?

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