[Samba] Samba 3 LDAP account db concepts

Adam Williams awilliam at mdah.state.ms.us
Wed Feb 11 14:35:02 GMT 2009

yes you will still need to use nss_ldap to authenticate for unix shell 
accounts, imap, etc.  i can't answer your other questions as i build the 
RPMs with the provided scripts.

John Goubeaux wrote:
> Folks,
> I some very basic questions with regard to Samba and LDAP backend 
> account database use. I am familiar with LDAP and have been
> using ldap for a while now to store info for a variety of services. I 
> have been using Samba as a stand alone file server with user
> account info in /etc/passwd for a while as well. I am now trying to 
> build samba 3.3.0 as a standalone, non PDC, on solaris 10
> using a SUN DS 5.2 as my back end account db.
> I have read through much of the available documentation and it seems 
> clear that one can achieve a setup where ALL of the user
> account info can be stored in a DS however i am confused by some of 
> what I am reading, for example the
> "The Official Samba 3.2.x HOWTO and Reference Guide" in chp 11 says:
> "There are a few points to stress that the ldapsam does not provide. 
> The LDAP support referred to in this documentation
> does not include: A means of replacing /etc/passwd."
> Do I  still need to employ LDAP NSS and PAM modules ?
> Ver 3.3.0 does not seem to support a configure --with-ldapsam  option, 
> does this mean that the defualt --with-ldap
> installs what used to be done with ldapsam ?
> The referenced "Samba (v.3) PDC LDAP howto" by Ignacio Coupeau  (2004) 
> is achieved with configure --with-ldapsam
> and no mention of pam modules is made.
> So, my basic question is:  What are my options, given what i want to 
> achieve? And can someone shed some more light
> on the concepts involved ?
> Thanks in advance and sorry if I have missed something obvious in the 
> docs.
> -john

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