[Samba] Solved - Re: More Samba PDC problems

Robert Moskowitz rgm at htt-consult.com
Tue Feb 15 17:13:46 MST 2011

On 02/15/2011 09:24 AM, Robert Moskowitz wrote:
> So I back up my settings for user1, by stopping smb and nmb on the 
> server (I have to do this, rather than disconnect it, as it is also 
> the DHCP server). I was able to get in with the local cached settings 
> and back them up.
> I then logged out, started smb and nmb and logged in again. I got 
> warned that there were no settings and local settings were being used. 
> I then logged out, and saw the settings saved on the server in the 
> .../profiles/user1/ directory.
> I go to log in again and get an error:
> Windows cannot connect to the domain, either becuase the domain 
> controller is down or otherwise unavailable ... or because your 
> computer account was not found....
> smb and nmb are running. I try restarting them, no difference.
> I had created the computer account with the script:
> add machine script = /usr/sbin/useradd -d /dev/null -g 99 -s 
> /bin/false -M %u
> where %u is the computer name followed by a $ (this is how the other 
> computer was set up).
> I don't see the computer account as the problem, I did get in the 
> first time.

It seems this was the problem. Running the script is NOT the same as 
what happens when the computer is connected to the domain. I bet there 
is a password in there somewhere...

I deleted the computer account and went through the steps, logged in 
locally as Administrator to move the system to a workgroup then back to 
the domain. I only have a few systems, but this would be an APPSOLUTE 
PAIN with a number of systems. Now I have to find out how to back up the 
/etc/passwd shadow file so if I loose the computer again, I can 'easily' 
rebuild things.

> So I look at the permissions for .../profiles/user1 and see they are 
> root:users, I change this down the tree to user1:users and no 
> difference. I mv .../profiles/user1 to user1old and try again, no 
> difference.
> Why might I be getting this error?

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