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I am a self-made system administrator (we have a real one, too) with access to three FreeBSD servers on our Intranet, each dancing samba for Windows clients.
From time to time I experience that one or the other user cannot connect to his (her) own user directory on one or other server.
It seems as if the FreeBSD servers sometimes 'forget' user's passwords, or set new passwords automatically (which new passwords are not known to anyone). In such cases I have to set the old password of the user concerned and everything is OK again.
However, I am worried about the fact of mysteriously changing passwords.
Did anyone experience such behaviour with FreeBSD (or Samba)? What can be the reason?
More than likely the problem is that the user changes
password on the windows machine? Unless you got password set to expire on the BSD boxes?
Also keep in mind samba has it's own password file.
I don't believe (by default) either the samba or Unix password is sync when the Win password is chagnes.
I guess the reason i find it odd is that if that's the expiring passwords causing this, i'm not aware of a system that does that by default. seems the admin would have to enable that theirselves, no? So in that case they should be aware of it?
I hope you kids appreciate me doing you homework for you.
Take a close look at the these two entries from /etc/shadow;
davej is a standard user acouunt with no expiratiion.
timeout has the password/accouint set to expire on Aug 09, 2002.
Question what the difference between these two accounts setup?