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I've setup a computer lab running Ubuntu 14 clients and an Ubuntu 14 server.

The clients are successfully logging in using credentials provided by Open LDAP. I used this guide to configure the clients - https://help.ubuntu.com/community/LDAPClientAuthentication

I would like to enable each user to change their password at the client.

I've tried the usual ways to change password -

  1. Through System Settings, but need to login as root user to "unlock" User panel
  2. Through terminal - passwd. I get "Authentication information cannot be recovered"

Thanks in advance for any help.

  • First, the server ACLs should allow the user to modify their own password. Do they? You would probably have applied an ACL like the first one at help.ubuntu.com/lts/serverguide/…. – muru Aug 5 '15 at 4:09
  • Thanks for this reply, work has been crazy so sorry for not getting back sooner, that page has a lot of info and I'll try to work it out. Do you know if it is possible to enable this through phpLDAPadmin? – John Behan Aug 20 '15 at 5:27
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In client system edit file

/etc/pam.d/common-password

and remove the word auth_key.

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