"In an ideal integrated network, Samba and Windows Active
Directory work flawlessly together, without giving their
administrators any problems. But more often than not, getting Linux
and Windows servers to work side by side can be a challenge.
Integration between the two can be accomplished in many ways: using
Active Directory as an authentication backend for Samba users;
using Samba as a domain member in Active Directory; or using Samba
as a domain controller in Active Directory. Let's take a closer
look at some of the options available..."