I would like to enable an SMB share on Solaris 11.1 x64 My steps:

  1. pkg install service/filesystem/smb
  2. svcadm enable -r smb/server
  3. echo "other password required pam_smb_passwd.so.1 nowarn" >> /etc/pam.conf
  4. useradd public
  5. smbadm enable-user public
  6. zfs set share=name=fs1,path=/rpool/fs1,prot=smb rpool/fs1
  7. zfs set sharesmb=on rpool/fs1
  8. passwd -r files public

Step 8 failes: It is not possible to enter a password, output is:

solaris> passwd -r files public

Please try again

Please try again
Permission denied

If I uncomment the new line in pam.conf, it is possible to change the password. Nevertheless, it is not possible to access the share from Windows 7. The Solaris machine is reachable with ping.

Access with another SMB enabled user is denied too.

1 Answer 1


Hit the same problem myself, reading the docs the PAM configuration has been split off into a directory and sub-files, like linux if your familiar with that?

To resolve the problem remove the line from the /etc/pam.conf file and add to the /etc/pam.d/other file as follows...

# echo "password required    pam_smb_passwd.so.1    nowarn" >> /etc/pam.d/other

You should then be able to set the password for 'public'

IMHO the Oracle documentation for Solaris 11 is way better than Sun ever produced, I found the answer on this page...


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    I would suggest editing the files with an editor, not echoing stuff and appending it to the end of the file. With the technique you're suggesting there's no way to know what's in the file already, and you lose the ability to properly match formatting, whitespace, etc.
    – voretaq7
    Dec 12, 2012 at 2:12
  • This answer solved my problem. And of course, i used an editor to add the line. Thx
    – websta
    Dec 17, 2012 at 16:04

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