[Samba] Users' Home Folders - conflicting advice in WiKi

Rowland penny rpenny at samba.org
Fri Apr 10 18:22:01 UTC 2020

On 10/04/2020 18:02, Roy Eastwood via samba wrote:
> Rowland,
> In the Wiki page "User Home Folders", Section 2.1 "Using Windows ACLs"
> correctly describes how to set permissions to allow the Windows program
> Active Directory Users and Computers to automatically create the user's home
> folder.   But in the next section  "Creating the Home folder for a New User"
> 3.1 "Using Windows ACLs", the blue box states that ADUC cannot automatically
> create home folders on a 'unix' machine.   Do you literally mean unix?
> Certainly on my Linux (Debian) machine it works OK.    Perhaps this boxed
> comment needs amendment?
> Cheers,
> Roy
'unix' = any version of Unix, Linux is a version of Unix.

Are you sure that ADUC is creating the users home directory on your 
Linux machines ?

As far as I am aware Samba doesn't have the code to do this and ADUC 
running on Windows has no ability to do it either.

It could be that you have pam_mkhomedir set in your PAM stack and it is 
this that is creating your users home directories at login.

Myself and Louis collaborated to write a 'root prexec' script to create 
the users home directory at Samba connection.

To the best of my knowledge, you have to use one or the other method.


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