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I have finally had enough with our NT Server. It currently acts as a domain server for itself and one other NT workstation. We are getting a new sparc to take it's place. Basically, what I want is for people to be able to log in to our 2 pc's and have a network drive that is also their unix home account. I'm trying to figure out the easiest way to do this. Can I put win98 on the pc's and have samba authenticate people to log in, or do I have to stick with WindowsNT Workstation? Do I need the new Samba beta which does NT Primary Domain Controller if I use winNT? Just trying to figure out the easiest way that different users can log in to the pc's and get access to their private network account.
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Yes Samba works great in its default installation/configuration. In fact after installing it and running it you should see a new computer in your Network Neighborhood, if you do not though you can simply map a drive to the server using \\servername\homes and it will connect you to your private home directory authenticating you through the system password file on the unix server.
Note 1: You must be logged onto the Win95/98 machine as the user you are attempting to log into on the Samba machine.
Note 2: You will need to modify the registry on the Win98 machines under HKLM, services,vxd,vnetsup and enter EnablePlainTextPassword = 1 (dword) this will enable you to connect to the Samba server. If that is not the correct reg key just search for it at http://us1.samba.org/samba/samba.html
Note 3: Nicest setup I have found is enabling Samba as a WINS server then pointing all the Win98 clients to it under TCP settings, WINS Configuration.
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