using samba in a domain environment

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http://www.linuxquestions.org – I am having problems getting Samba to authenticate AD users to Samba shares. Since I need to get our file server back online I think I will just run Samba as a standalone server. The problem with that is I have a AD domain so I have some concerns. First off can Samba serve files to users that are part of a domain without the Samba server having to join the domain? Also how are passwords handled when the user changes there password I assume that it would also have to be changed on the Samba server? (HowTos)