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Samba HowTo Guide
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Samba-2.2.4 and later Samba 2.2.x series releases can autojoin a Windows NT4-style domain just by executing:


smbpasswd -j 
	 -U Administrator%

Samba-3 can do the same by executing:


net rpc join -U Administrator%

It is not necessary with Samba-3 to specify the DOMAIN_NAME or the PDC_NAME , as it figures this out from the smb.conf file settings.

Use of this mode of authentication requires there to be a standard UNIX account for each user in order to assign a UID once the account has been authenticated by the Windows domain controller. This account can be blocked to prevent logons by clients other than MS Windows through means such as setting an invalid shell in the /etc/passwd entry. The best way to allocate an invalid shell to a user account is to set the shell to the file /bin/false.

Domain controllers can be located anywhere that is convenient. The best advice is to have a BDC on every physical network segment, and if the PDC is on a remote network segment the use of WINS (see Network Browsing for more information) is almost essential.

An alternative to assigning UIDs to Windows users on a Samba member server is presented in Winbind, Winbind: Use of Domain Accounts.

For more information regarding domain membership, Domain Membership.

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