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Re: [Samba] Incorrect Example in Samba User Management Documentation




On Fri, 3 May 2019 10:45:43 +0100
Stephen via samba <samba@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Hi Samba documentation admins, one of the the examples given on this 
> page https://wiki.samba.org/index.php/User_and_Group_management is 
> incorrect and probably should be updated.
> 
> The snippet of code in question:
> 
> $ samba-tool user add fbaggins
>    --random-password --use-username-as-cn
>    --surname="Baggins" --given-name="Frodo"
>    --initials=S --mail-address=fbaggins@SAM.DOMAIN.LOCAL.
>    --company="Hobbiton Inc." --script-path=shire.bat
>    --profile-path=\\\\ADSMmeber.SAM.DOMAIN.LOCAL\\profiles\\fbaggins
>    --home-drive=F
>    --home-directory=\\\\ADSMmeber.SAM.DOMAIN.LOCAL\\fbaggins
>    --job-title="Goes there and back again"
> 
> This won't work as presented currently. As I rediscovered myself 
> recently the --random-password switch is intended ONLY to be used to 
> secure system accounts that perform background tasks. Whilst 
> --random-password sets a random password, the chosen password is 
> deliberately and on purpose not revealed to the end user. So it
> cannot be used to create user accounts for human beings as the
> example in the documentation currently suggests.
> 
> Thanks
> Stephen Ellwood
> 

I have updated the wiki page as requested.

Rowland

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