Windows Domain auth for Linux boxes

Craig White craigwhite at
Wed Jun 2 17:25:26 UTC 2004

On Tue, 2004-06-01 at 09:02, Matt Morgan wrote:
> On 05/28/2004 07:10 PM, Craig White wrote:
> >On Fri, 2004-05-28 at 12:14, Matt Morgan wrote:
> >  
> >
> >>On 05/28/2004 02:21 PM, Craig White wrote:
> >>
> >>    
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> >>>On Fri, 2004-05-28 at 10:40, Matt Morgan wrote:
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> >>>>[snip]
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> >winbind allows Windows domain users (and their group memberships) to act
> >as if they had a local account, even going as far as creating their home
> >directory if necessary.
> >
> >Not sure why you want another review when the official (and quite
> >outstanding) How-to for Samba is on their web site.
> >  
> >
> Well, I'm sure there's nothing that I couldn't figure out all by myself 
> from the myriad of conflicting, incomplete, error-prone sources online 
> with a lot more work, trial-and-error, and existential pain than it 
> takes to solicit help from the list. If I had all the time in the world.
> That how-to may be excellent, but it still confuses someone who's 
> starting from zero. I read it, and I have questions--it's not a be-all, 
> end-all for all my problems. And believe me, I've tried this before and 
> failed. It's just nice to hear from some people that it actually works 
> for them. Otherwise how do I know whether I just made a mistake, or 
> whether it really doesn't work the way I want it to? It's a lot of work 
> setting something like this up, and I /don't/ have all the time in the 
> world. Getting a step-by-step (Tarun's response, for example) was an 
> unexpected bonus.
> Honestly, this whole thread, at least for me, was a confirmation of the 
> efficiency and value of the open-source support model. All of us are 
> smarter than some of us!
Personally, I think many of the 'step-by-step' descriptions are more
dangerous than helpful. At best, it will work, you will never know why
and you certainly won't know how to fix things when they break. All
worse options simply add to the complexity and confusion of the problem.

When you are specifically speaking about Samba, there has been a
tremendous effort to document all possible scenario's in the HOW-TO and
it is an excellent resource. If it fails to deliver the information
needed for your application, the best thing would seem to indicate this
to John Terpstra so that he can modify it. He also has a new book,
Samba-by-Example which is probably more of what you are looking for.


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