We have an Ubuntu 9.04 server running samba with null passwords and home directory shares, and we have corresponding users that mount said shares on windows machines. Essentially, each user has an account on the server (with the same username as on their windows machines) and a home directory in /home/USERNAME which is mounted on their local machine as \\SAMBABOX\USERNAME which they then have full access to.
For most users this works without a problem; they can read, write, create, and delete files on their shares without issue. Following is one such initial connection as seen in the samba logs:
[2009/12/02 10:30:22, 1] smbd/service.c:make_connection_snum(1115) somewindowsbox (192.168.2.123) connect to service ekaufman initially as user ekaufman (uid=1002, gid=1002) (pid 22574)
For one user in particular, however, they are unable to - at the very least - create certain files (lock files for an SVN working copy). This is, mind you, from any windows machine in our AD domain. Looking at their samba logs, their initial connection is made as the user nobody, and I cannot for the life of me figure out why.
[2009/11/18 10:19:32, 1] smbd/service.c:make_connection_snum(1115) somewindowsbox (192.168.2.123) connect to service jdoe initially as user nobody (uid=65534, gid=65534) (pid 15570)
Their user account on the ubuntu server is more or less identical to the others, as indicated in /etc/passwd:
And even /etc/shadow (with the password hashes removed before being posted here, of course):
I've even deleted their account on the ubuntu box and recreated it, with no change. According to the admin of the AD domain controller, their account there is more or less identical to everyone elses as well (deleting and recreating it there would be prohibitively complicated).
If I manually mount the share for my own account from a windows machine, forcing the username, it works without incident:
C:\> net use z: \\sambabox.local\ekaufman /user:ekaufman The command was completed successfully
If I do the same for this particular user, it still connects as nobody, failing silently:
C:\> net use z: \\sambabox.local\jdoe /user:jdoe The command was completed successfully
This gives me the impression that, whatever the problem is, it's on the linux side of things.
This is the entire smb configuration in use:
[global] null passwords = yes guest ok = yes security = user workgroup = WORKGROUP server string = %h server (Samba, Ubuntu) dns proxy = no log file = /var/log/samba/log.%m max log size = 1000 syslog = 0 panic action = /usr/share/samba/panic-action %d encrypt passwords = true passdb backend = tdbsam obey pam restrictions = yes unix password sync = yes passwd program = /usr/bin/passwd %u passwd chat = *Enter\snew\s*\spassword:* %n\n *Retype\snew\s*\spassword:* %n\n *password\supdated\ssuccessfully* . pam password change = yes map to guest = bad user usershare allow guests = yes [homes] comment = Home Directories browseable = no read only = no [printers] comment = All Printers browseable = no path = /var/spool/samba printable = yes guest ok = no read only = yes create mask = 0700 [print$] comment = Printer Drivers path = /var/lib/samba/printers browseable = yes read only = yes guest ok = no