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Old 03-18-2004, 04:31 AM   #1
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Samba 3.0.2a as file-server in Windows domain.


for a paper which I'm preparing at my place of work I'm in great need of assistance in a Linux SuSE 9.0 Samba 3.0.2a project entitled: Integration of Samba 3.0.2a as file and member server in a Windows NT 4 domain.

The task is simple: Windows NT client user (from a Windows domain with Windows NT as PDC) want to use audio-files which are stored on the Samba server. In order to do this, they need to be properly logged into the Samba server, using all the shares on it. For this the "winbind" deamon should come in place.

The problem I'm having here is the logical understanding of it. I've been looking hard in the web for a tutorial or manual on this topic which isn't written for advanced Linus users.

Can somebody please be of assistance to me?

Here are my main questions:

1) why is it necessary for the winbind-module to come in place and why must the authentication process be sent from the Samaba server to the Windows PDC?

2) How must I configure the Samba server to have winbind work properly on it, so that Samba 3.0.2a works as a file server?

3) How do I configure Samba and the Windows PDC so that WIndows NT client users, who are logged into the Windows NT domain, can properly log into the Samba server?

Thank you so much in advance.
May God bless you mightily.


- Dave Othniel

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Old 03-18-2004, 01:26 PM   #2
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try looking at this thread:
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Thanks for the link.
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be aware the link that jackpal gave you is for an older version of samba, and will be of limited use. a better link using samba 3 is:

to answer your questions:
1. if you did not have winbind, then in order for each domain user to access you linux share, you would have to add that domain user as a local user to your linux server. obviously, a lot of work in a large organization. so winbind adds all of the domain users to the user list of the linux server.

2. the link above will show you how to join the domain, and set up a share on your linux server that all domain user can access.

3. if you want a domain user to be able to physically login at the linux server using their domain name and password, i have not figured that one out yet. It has to do with authentication, using either PAM or Kerberos.

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Old 04-14-2004, 08:24 AM   #5
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thanks for the second link.

I've managed to get the Samba 3.0.2a Server running and working fine together with SuSE Linux 9.0 Kernel 2.4.

With the "winbind" command inside the smb.conf file, Samba collects all the users which are set up on the Windows NT 4 Server. Samba sends the authentification of each Windows NT client who wants to access shares on the Samba server straight to the Windows NT Server.

At first I was like "sweating" over this Samba issue as I only had little experience with Linux. However, after reading a lot of docs and amns and tutorials and the forum, I managed to get the Samba server running perfectly well.

Thanks a millions.

- allsys


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