[Samba] Linux member server, or something else?

David Markey dmarkey at dodds.dmarkey.com
Tue Jun 30 10:29:09 GMT 2009

It's possible to use nss_ldap and idmap backend = nss and no winbind, like
you are describing.

It's also possible to use nss_winbind and no nss_ldap, however there has
been a bug on the server side that has stopped this from working. So the
option above is your only option unless you have a version of samba on the
server side that isn't affected by the bug.



On Tue, 30 Jun 2009 00:59:16 -0300, Norberto Bensa <nbensa at gmail.com>
> Hello,
> On Mon, Jun 29, 2009 at 11:11 PM, John Drescher<drescherjm at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>>> I have a Samba PDC with an LDAP backend password database, against
>>> WinXP clients authenticate. I also have a Ubuntu workstation, which
>>> authenticates directly to the same LDAP password database (no Samba).
>>> I now wish to have the WinXP clients be able to map shares on the
>>> workstation, so I obviously need to get Samba working on it. I can slog
>>> through the technical details, but I want to make sure I have the
>>> concept
>>> properly figured out - will the Ubuntu workstation be a "member
>>> configured as such per the Samba documentation using Winbind, or is
>>> there a
>>> different way I should be thinking about this?
>>> Thanks for any general pointers.
>> That is what I have with my samba setup. I mean I have a PDC, a BDC, 3
>> to 5 LDAP servers and 5 or so member servers. On my PDC and BDC there
>> are no real file shares. The member servers have that. My member
>> servers have winbind.
> At work, we're in the process of starting a migration of our Windows
> XP clients to Ubuntu.
> My PDC is a Samba server running on Ubuntu Hardy with LDAP backend.
> I'm testing with my workstation (Ubuntu Jaunty). Samba uses the PDC as
> a password server. Users and groups are read from LDAP via nsswitch
> (i.e. nothing about LDAP in smb.conf on the client). Also, no winbind.
> It seems to work, but I want to know if I'm missing something.
> Why should I run winbind?
> If I need to run winbind, does it need to run on server _and_ clients?
> Many thanks in advance,
> Norberto

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