[ubuntu-uk] Authenticating against Samba/NT 4.0 domain

Rob Beard rob at esdelle.co.uk
Wed Oct 15 20:18:14 BST 2008

Hi folks,

As part of the change over from Windows XP to Ubuntu I'm trying to get 
the Ubuntu machine to authenticate against a domain.

At the moment we have a Windows 2003 SBS server which is going to be 
_hopefully_ replaced with SME Server 7.3 which provides a domain via Samba.

Now I've got this working before on earlier versions of Ubuntu (6.10, 
7.04) but not tried it in a while.

What I'm trying to do is get the Ubuntu box to authenticate against the 
domain so when a user comes along, they can login using their Windows 
login details (saves me hassle of creating extra accounts and keeping 
passwords up to date).

Previously I was able to follow this guide to authenticate the users...


The problem is, I'm trying this on Intrepid and some of the 
configuration files (where it relates to pam) have changed and not being 
an expert on pam, I don't know what to alter.

I see that in some of the palm config files it now uses pam_permit.so 
rather than pam_unix.so.  I just wondered if pam_permit.so looks in 
another config file?

Before anyone asks too, I have tried Likewise Open which appears to be 
great if you're running Active Directory which at home (where I'm doing 
the testing) I'm not and eventually we're not going to be running Active 
Directory at all on the site, well not until Samba 4 is released.

Anyone got any ideas?


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