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Centos Samba failed to add user




Adding Samba users to Linux Centos box or other Linux distro fails. 

If a user account name, added to Samba does not have an account on the Linux box, then creation of the Samba user account will fail.

So before adding user accounts to Samba, create an account for the user on the Linux box.

Do these steps below:

Adduser account to Linux:
1. adduser  'user_name' --- create a user account

    adduser --system --no-create-home user_name

man adduser - for more info
adduser --help
adduser --info 
apropos adduser

You may need to add sudo before the command if you're running Ubuntu.

Or check the documentation of your Linux distro on how to add user account.


Now that a user account has been created, add the user account to Samba. 

2. smbpasswd -a user_name  (the user name that was created on Step 1)

man smbpasswd - for more info
smbpasswd --help
smbpasswd --info
apropos smbpasswd
If everything goes well, then creation of user account in Samba should be okay. 

If local user account is not present on the Linux box, then smbpasswd command will show this error " failed to add entry for the user".

So a local user account is needed before adding Samba user account.

If Samba "smb.conf" file is properly configured and all Samba ports has been forwarded or correctly set on the firewall. And still Samba does not work.

For CentOS/RedHat try: yum samba reinstall

Test and check whether Samba is working.


Hope this helps someone. Cheers! Till next time.

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