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eWeek: Samba Ships Windows Directory Integration for Unix

Oct 29, 2001, 16:55 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Timothy Dyck)
"Once we had made the appropriate PAM configuration file changes, we could log into a Linux workstation at the console using any Windows domain account (including using accounts in trusted domains). We could also use Windows accounts to log into Gnome (KDE should work as well, although we didn't test this) or to access the server using SSH or FTP.

Previous versions of Samba required that administrators manually create a Unix user name that matched the account name of a Windows user (if per-user security was required), or use a mapping file that statically matched Windows usernames (or groups of usernames) to Unix usernames.

For us at eWEEK Labs, this meant that we only used Samba servers for public file shares open to everyone, to avoid having to manually keep Windows and Unix user directories in sync. (We mapped all Windows domain names to a "nobody" Unix user.)"

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