windows 2000 and samba

Posted on 2002-05-06
Last Modified: 2013-12-15
 I'm a Windows user learning to administer Linux machines.
  I just installed RedHat Linux 7.2, and I sucesfully setup NIS and some other services. I was using Samba fine with my Win Me clients, but now I installed Windows 2000 Server in a machine and it refuses to work. If I try to join the machine in my domain I got an error message saying something like "this account is a computer account". What's that?
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On the samba server, you have to do smbpasswd -a -m <machinename>.  this adds an entry to the smbpasswd file for the machine.
It also have to be added to /etc/passwd as well

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ID: 6998680
 Still doesn`t work.
  I added to my /etc/passwd the following line, it's correct?
  desenv4 is the name of the machine...
  I believe I need a step-by-step guide.

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edit /etc/passwd
desenv$:*:33002:33000:Trust Account:/dev/null:/dev/nullon Now on samba Server (your linux box) run smbpasswd -a -m desenv

33002:33000 are uid,gid you can change them.
you Can NOT run smbpasswd before adding the entries to your /etc/passwd.  If you are using shadow passwd, you have to add it to your shadow passwd file as well.
how is that for step by step? :0)

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ID: 7001588
guess what?
doesn`t work
and now it says it`s an invalid username/password :-)))

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Firstly u have to add the machine account with the following command,
'adduser -g 100 -d /dev/null -m -s /bin/false yourmachine$'
and the add this account to samba passwd file by giving the command 'smbpasswd -a -m yourmachine'. The try to change the domain of Windows 2000 to Linux DOMAIN, by giving the username & passwd of ur trust account. Mostly it will be usr 'root'
This will work.

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Invalid username and password? Also check the encryption settings. Windows 2000 uses encrypted passwords for user authentication, which can be changed:


Add a new DWORD value
Value Name: EnablePlainTextPassword
Data: 0x01

Of if you don't want to change Windows 2000, you can change Samba

In the [global] section of /etc/smb.conf, add the following line:

encrypt passwords = yes

And also read the files Win95.txt, Encryption.txt and WinNT.txt in the Samba documentation.


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ID: 7036988
 I've done all that

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kannabis earned 50 total points
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I've been doing this all week long, this works for me

add the machine to the unix passwd list with

adduser -d /dev/null -g machines -c 'Machine Account' -s /bin/false -M SYSTEM_NAME$

then do a smbpasswd -am SYSTEM_NAME  no need to put the dollar sign.  The dollar sign is how samba knows this is a machine account

I did this about 3 minutes ago and it works.

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