Subject: Re: Keith Bostic: MS Press Release - Common Internet File System (CIFS) (fwd)
To: None <,>
From: Olaf Seibert <>
List: current-users
Date: 06/24/1996 16:01:59
> Samba isn't quite enough though.  I don't know of any publicly released
> software that gives you the ability to generically "mount" a remote SMB
> volume and challenge each user on the system for their password when the
> attempt to access it.  I've never read the spec, but I thought that the
> protocol assumes a single set of credentials per machine, so it's very
> difficult to get SMB to behave in the same way as NFS.  I know that
> Novell had to jump through some serious hoops to get this to work in
> Unixware.

The problem is not the server, but rather the client. The Samba server
knows perfectly well who is who and if they have given a password.
However, the client side is required to make proper distinction between
those users when communicating with the server. In fact, some products
for Windos NT have trouble with that.

For Unix usage, the client will have trouble asking the user for a
password. If a GUI was always present, it could be done, but it isn't.

FYI, we're using Samba here to serve files to a bunch of losedows boxes
and it works ok for that purpose.

___ Olaf 'Rhialto' Seibert      D787B44DFC896063 4CBB95A5BD1DAA96 
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