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For some reason, Linux uses separate user ids and passwords for samba than it does for its main authentication, then when you log into samba using a samba username, this is mapped back to a linux username which allows it to do permissions checking etc. So yes, you do need entries in both smbusers and smbpassword - a bit of a pain I know, I came across this same issue.
u really have to create a seperate password file for samba. in the conf: file for samba u have to unhash the lines "samba userfile = /etc/samba/smbpasswd" . after that u have to add the users as usual linux accounts. now u must add the users in /etc/passwd for samba by the command " cat /etc/passwd | mksmbpasswd.sh > /etc/samba/smbpasswd". this creates the samba passwd file from the local passwd file. now use the command "smbpasswd username" to create the password for the users. without this step u cant use the useraccounts. restart samba. feel free to ask questions ....... vimal
smbusers defines the users that are permitted to connect using samba, and it maps the samba usernames to the linux user ids that are stored in /etc/passwd. smbpasswd defines the password for each samba user.