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Old 11-03-2003, 02:03 AM   #1
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Joining a Windows 2000 domain w/ Samba

Well I'm running redhat 9 with Samba and I have a Windows 2000 Advanced Server PDC. I used samba to join the domain and it said I joined the domain successfully. Is being part of a domain with samba any different than being part of a workgroup? I have my win2k server as the WINS server but I still cannot ping any hosts on my domain with host names. I don't understand why I cannot do that. I also do not understand why I have to enter a password to see shares of other computers on my domain. Well if anyone has got redhat working good on a windows 2000 domain please enlighten me!

Also I was looking online and found 2 different websites giving instructions. One site said to use "secuirty = domain". this makes sense to me.

The other site said to use "security=user"

Which one is right?

Here are the website that said "user" :

I went with the domain level security.

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Old 11-03-2003, 11:59 AM   #2
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You won't be able to ping other hosts on you network with
host names unless you set them up in your /etc/hosts file
Old 11-03-2003, 08:58 PM   #3
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Okay I have a few more questions about this. I got this tutorial that said to set security = domain and set password server to my pdc. The smb.conf file says only to set "password server" if I have security set to server. What is better to do set security to server or domain? The reason I am asking is because when I try to view linux shares from my windows computer on the same domain I get prompted for a password. Why should I get prompted for a password if we are on the same domain? Also I have to use the samba password and not any domain passwords. It seems like I'm on a workgroup with my linux box. I'm probably doing something wrong. Please enlighten me.
Old 11-04-2003, 09:37 AM   #4
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It's been awhile since I set up samba.
Once it's working it just doesn't stop...
But I believe you need to enable a guest

This is from the example config file that samba has

# Uncomment this if you want a guest account, you must add this to /etc/passwd
# otherwise the user "nobody" is used
; guest account = pcguest
# Allow users to map to guest:
map to guest = bad user

I believe you need to enable a guest account and restrict access
to shares only to those in your domain/workgroup. Any real
samba wizards feel free to correct me.

Good luck.
Old 11-24-2003, 02:31 PM   #5
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linux_pioneer / logic G8 :

I've been looking for a good source of instructions on how to join a linux box to a Win2K domain. I just want to be able to access shared resources available on the net.

Could you provide any leads you've used in the past? From your posts above, I figure you've done this before.

It was such a pleasure for me to wipe Winblows outta my hard drive... however, I need to join the company's win2K domain... I know I can do it with samba, I just have never done it... so I'm looking for good instructions before I start messing around with my machine.

I'm running Mdk 9.1 which comes with Samba 2.2.7 I beleive.

Thanks for your help.


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