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    Can’t enter a Samba Domain


    by tcoffey ·

    I have reloaded a machine and am trying to reenter the domain but it returns the error:
    “The account used is a computer account. Use your global user account or local user account to access this server. But I am using ROOT!!! gimme some ideas

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    • #3290804

      Settign up SAMBA

      by swdswan ·

      In reply to Can’t enter a Samba Domain

      Trying to login as ROOT my be a large part of
      your problem. IF you don’t have this fixed, try
      are log in as a user.

      I use WEBMIN to setup and administer SAMBA. When
      I first setup a network, I have a ‘working’
      account that I use until I have setup and
      updated all the software I think I want. Only
      then do I head for WEBMIN. One WEBMIN task is to
      set up my various user groups. Another of my
      WEBMIN tasks is setting up SAMBA. Setting up
      SAMBA includes ensuring SAMBA setting, users and
      groups are automatically syncronized with my
      Linux system. After SAMBA is up and running, I
      set up my users – through WEBMIN.

      The result is that Linux passwords become SAMBA
      passwords. Accounts are linked and permissions
      granted. I don’t try or permit anyone to log
      into SAMBA as root. SAMBA security is not
      robust, so there is far too much latitude for
      things to go wrong.

      Hope this helps.

      • #3290710

        root over samba

        by apotheon ·

        In reply to Settign up SAMBA

        For security reasons, you should never try to access a Samba share using the root account. You should always use a less-privileged account that is registered with Samba.

        The entire text of the very useful O’Reilly reference _Using_Samba_ is available for free online:

        There are options in the file smb.conf (normally located in /etc/samba or /etc/smb depending on which distro you’re using) that you can set to allow/disallow access for different user types, including guest accounts, administrative accounts, and even simply anonymous access without signing in — though, if possible, it’s better to simply have Samba access accounts set up that match the usernames (on client machines) of all users you want to allow to have access.

        I typically do as swdswan suggests, matching Samba users with system users. It minimizes administrative overhead. For some uses of Samba this isn’t a practical solution, but often it is — particularly if you want every Samba user to have a directory of his or her own on the Samba machine.

        I recommend you sign up on a LUG (Linux User Group), if you’re going to be working with Linux much. Infoworld rated the Linux user community the best tech support organization in the industry a few years ago, and with good reason. In fact, based on my own extensive experience, I’d say the Linux user community is still the best tech support organization in the world, and the biggest reason for this is LUGs. Subscribe to a LUG mailing list, and you can get a wealth of knowledge for free through email, usually much more quickly than you’d ever get any help at all from other tech support channels.

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        • #3319072

          Try using the SAMBA administration tool

          by alece ·

          In reply to root over samba

          If Samba is installed correctly, you should be able to connect to and use the SAMBA tool. I would set up a non-root user and also make sure that the password for the user is the same on the SAMBA system as it is in the system that is trying to access the SAMBA server. This has always worked for me when you are accessing a SAMBA server that is not part of the same domain as your Windows based system.

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