"L. Richard Cameron"
Mon, 13 Aug 2007 14:13:35 -0300
My name is Richard Cameron. I'm the network administrator for a small
electronics company. Last year I was asked to set up a new server for this
company. At that time the only thing I knew about Linux was that it wasn't
Windows. Security, reliability and price led me to try out Ubuntu for the
In the following months, I learned as I went, posting the odd question on
the forums. I would never go back to windows now. Ubuntu is great. In May of
this year, I got laid off. Another fellow in the company who uses Linux
regularly (but didn't get paid as much as me) was put in charge of the
network. He left last week on very bad terms with the owners. Now I've been
hired back, and here is my dilemma.
When I left, the server had a GUI. It has been removed. Samba has stopped so
nobody can save information to the server. These problems are minor and
would not be a big deal to fix, EXCEPT:
Whenever I try to "sudo" I get the reply "Administrator is not in the
sudoers file. This incident will be reported." The passwords that I used
have been changed and the fellow who did it all is not forthcoming with
them (or any help).
I'm left with a chicken and egg situation. I need to be root to re-enable
"sudo" but I need "sudo" to become root. Please tell me that there's some
way around this without having to re-install the server OS. Oh yes, I'm
still a newbie about most of this so make your reply as straight forward and
step-by-step as possible.
Network Administrator - Allendale Electronics Ltd.
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