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Warp Server (SMB) Authentication from a Windows NT Client

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000118998D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 50K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Lenharth, SA: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for user authentication from a Windows NT* network client. The authentication is a secondary authentication to accounts held on a SMB Server Domain.

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Warp Server (SMB) Authentication from a Windows NT Client

      Disclosed is a method for user authentication from a Windows
NT* network client.  The authentication is a secondary authentication
to accounts held on a SMB Server Domain.

      In the current version of Windows NT, a user may be
authenticated against the local workstation accounts database or a
Windows NT domain accounts database.  There is no mechanism in this
authentication sequence for validation of user credentials with a
non-Windows NT SMB (Server Message Block) domain.  SMB Server Domains
include IBM OS/2** Warp Server, IBM AIX** Connections Server, and IBM
AS/400** LAN Server.  User authentication is required before
functions such as file and print sharing or any secured access to the
server can  be performed.

      The following mechanism was developed to solve this
problem. The client first performs the regular Windows logon
sequence.  If successful, secondary authentication is performed to a
SMB server.  This authentication is accomplished through existing
protocol methods.  If successful, the client performs additional
steps that are  unique to non-Windows servers.  These include the
execution of logon scripts, the mounting of remote resources via
logon assignments, and the  desktop setup of network applications.
In each of these cases, the new  mechanism consists of unique
exchanges between the Windows NT client and  non-Windows NT servers
to present non-Windows resources...