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Samba HowTo Guide
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Passdb Backends and Authentication

There have been a few new changes that Samba administrators should be aware of when moving to Samba-3.

  1. Encrypted passwords have been enabled by default in order to interoperate better with out-of-the-box Windows client installations. This does mean that either (a) a Samba account must be created for each user, or (b) “encrypt passwords = no” must be explicitly defined in smb.conf.

  2. Inclusion of new security = ads option for integration with an Active Directory domain using the native Windows Kerberos 5 and LDAP protocols.

Samba-3 also includes the possibility of setting up chains of authentication methods ( auth methods) and account storage backends ( passdb backend). Please refer to the smb.conf man page and Account Information Databases, for details. While both parameters assume sane default values, it is likely that you will need to understand what the values actually mean in order to ensure Samba operates correctly.

Certain functions of the smbpasswd tool have been split between the new smbpasswd utility, the net tool, and the new pdbedit utility. See the respective man pages for details.

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