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CrossNodes: Build A Primary Domain Controller With Samba

May 26, 2002, 12:00 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

"Microsoft's concept of a Primary Domain Controller is most useful, as it simplifies a number of network administration chores. It provides a "single sign-on", storing information about domain users, and providing user authentication. User's profiles are stored on the PDC; the PDC handles all authentication requests, allowing users to access different services in the domain without needing multiple authentications.

"Samba makes a fine NT-type PDC. It supports roaming profiles, domain logon from all Windows clients, Windows NT4-type system policies, name services, master browser, and user-level security for Windows 9x/ME clients. Which in my opinion do not belong in a business environment, but if they're there and you have to deal with them, Samba doesn't mind in the least.

"Samba cannot act as a Backup Domain Controller to a Windows PDC. There is a way to use two Samba machines as PDC/BDC. (See Resources) As a belt-n-suspenders kinda gal, some kind of redundancy is essential..."

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