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windows 2000 and samba

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

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.

felipesAuthor Commented:
 I've done all that
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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