[Samba] samba 3.2.7 oddities

plug bert plugbert at yahoo.com
Wed Jan 28 10:55:42 GMT 2009

Hello All,

   i've recently set up samba 3.2.7(compiled from source) with LDAP backend and TLS.  i've also used smbldap-tools-0.9.5 to populate and manage it. 

   i've also set up a BDC on a different subnet, using the same LDAP backend.

   Wins support is enabled on the pdc, with the BDC and all clients' WINS server set to it.

   Overall it's been behaving quite well, but i did notice a few quirks:

1. root user cannot manage local machine

-- when i try to run nbtstat -n, i get a NetBT driver not loaded error
-- i cannot change the computer properties(buttons are grayed out)
-- i cannot manage the user/group accounts using usrmgr.exe

2. net utility(on windows 2k/xp) doesn't work

-- most of the time i just get an "access denied" error, but sometime the command would return a portion of the output, then exit

-- even a simple net user user /domain won't work, even if the account used to log on has Domain Admin membership

3. Only root can join machines to the workgroup

-- accounts with Domain Admins membership can't

4. id command is inconsistent

-- i disjoined the local XP machine from the domain; when i run "id machine$" on the PDC, it reports that it cannot be found. On the BDC however, it returns the machine account properties.

5. login seems sluggish

-- i've already set up /etc/ldap.conf, /etc/pam_ldap.conf, /etc/openldap/ldap.conf, and have made sure the nscd service runs on startup
-- DB_CONFIG has been copied over to the openldap db directory

   Is this expected behavior, or is there something seriously wrong with my setup?


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