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pam_ldap and nss_ldap are different packages. pam_ldap is for Pluggable Authentication Module architecture. It allows applications to be independent of auth method (Unix passwd, LDAP, etc.)
nss_ldap is for Name Service Switching which is used to tell OS what sources to use in order to access different system databases (passwd, hosts, groups, services, sendmail aliases, automount points, etc.)
If you use pure LDAP auth in your SAMBA you probably don't need to have pam_ldap on your box. But I'm not 100% sure, I have both of them cause it cists nothing. Try PADL documentation regarding this.
Are you going to have experiments on production system? :-)
The best approach from my point of view is
to have standalone test SAMBA server,
to configure it for different SAMBA NT domain and auth with LDAP,
to configure 1-2 clients for joining this test SAMBA NT domain.
smb.conf file should contain lines for LDAP authentication.
here is quite competent URL
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, July 13, 2003 10:30 PM
Subject: LDAP and SAMBA

  I  am trying to make SAMBA  work with ldap for user auth.
Currently Ldap auth is working for unix users without a problem.
I have rebuild source rpm for samba as following
rpm   --rebuild   --with  ldapsam  --with  ldap --with acl   samba-2.2.8a-1.src.rpm,
But how can I verify that now my samba has ldap support, brfore I start bang my head with wall  ( why its not working).
I am using redhat 7.3, openldap-servers-2.0.27-2.7.3, samba-2.2.8a-1
I have also one more question
Is there any difference in nss_ldap  and pam_ldap package, because I installed nss_ldap and I think pam_ldap is part of it.
Any response will be appreciated.

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