SAMBA PDC Configuration in Linux

By | 04/02/2012

Samba PDC, PDC stands for Primary Domain Controller. We all know that samba is to share the linux files with windows clients. With samba PDC, a linux user can login into windows machine in a network by domain name.


#yum install samba*

#vim /etc/samba/smb.conf


#In Global settings:


server string = samba # hostname to identify

netbios name = samba


#Domain controller option:

security = user

passdb backend =tdbsam

domain master = yes

domain logons = yes

logon path = \\%L\profile\%U


#Browser Control options

local master =yes

os level = 33

preferred master = yes


#Share definitions


path = /home/netlogon

writable = no



path = /home/profiles

create mask = 0755

directory mask = 0755

writable = yes


create directory:

#mkdir -m 1777 /home/profiles

#mkdir -m 1777 /home/netlogon


Adding a group with group ID 200

#groupadd -g 200 machine


Creating user(system name) to login, here lap is name of client machine and joining lap into group ID 200.

#useradd -d /dev/null -g 200 -s /sbin/nologin lap$


#smpassswd -m -a lap

enter passwd: ***

Renter passwd : ****


#Service smb restart

#chkconfig smb on


Create, enable samba user to login in windows macine

#useradd user1

#smbpasswd -a user1

#smbpasswd -e user1



Client side


Go to properties of computer and click on change


Click change settings




Change your computer name as lap only, don’t change domain.

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Restart your PC and change your domain name

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