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IBM developerWorks: Samba domain controller support - Integrating Samba into an NT environment

Sep 02, 2000, 13:06 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Samba is great at sharing files and printers, but it can do much more. In this article, Daniel Robbins shows you how to set up Samba's Domain Controller functionality, which allows Samba to control a Windows NT domain, process login requests, and store roaming user profiles. He also takes a peek at the alpha version of Samba-TNG ("the next generation"), which is the version of Samba that will have complete Domain Controller support."

"I have to say that I really do like Samba. I rely on Samba to make my internal LAN (consisting of Windows NT and UNIX) work together. Generally Samba is a great thing. But a couple of weeks ago, I had a few Samba regrets."

"I had all my important UNIX files shared through Samba, which allowed me to use freebox (my FreeBSD UNIX machine) as a central file store. And I had my NEC SuperScript 870 printer hooked up to freebox, and shared with my Windows NT clients. Everything was working what was the problem?"

"After a bit of reflection I realized that while Samba was doing a lot of good things, I wanted it to do more. Primarily, I was unhappy that I had a decentralized security database: I needed to have two accounts, one on the Samba machine and one on NT as a local user (so that I could log in to the machine). I also needed to make sure that the usernames and passwords on these accounts matched up exactly. Since I'm the only one using my LAN, this was a minor inconvenience. But nevertheless, it made Samba seem like a bit of a hack. Not to mention the fact that the Windows NT Server has a centralized security model! (I figured Samba should be competitive here.) Sure, Samba worked. But could it work better?"

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