This topic is probally getinng really old...

Kevin Colby kevinc at
Fri Jun 30 19:16:18 GMT 2000

Andy Zbikowski wrote:
> Is samba-tng stable enough to handle about 30 clients and 3 NT servers?

The "2.5 GOOD" release reportedly is.

> The clients are quite hetrogenous. We've got about 5 win95 clients,
> 5 win98, 20 or so NT4 workstation, and 10 win2k machines.

The Win2K machines are the kicker here.  Without them, you could
run 2.0.x as a PDC.  With them, your options are only TNG, NT or
Win2K as PDC.

> I'm really worried about the issues that would arise using samba as a
> pdc with such a mix. standardizing on win2k might help the situation,

Not really.  Ditching the 9x clients _might_ help, but NT/2K isn't
going to matter much.

> My eventual goal would probally be getting a linux/samba PDC,
> configure authentication to go through LDAP services and allow
> LDAP authentication through PAM on the Linux machines.

Wouldn't we all?  Unfortunately, right now LDAP is in the middle of
the transition to the new schema, and using it with TNG is not likely
to make it much easier.

> But in the short term, I want to get file serving on Linux, and since
> the IT budjet is pretty much maxed for awile, and since I have to
> rebuild the current PDC anyway, I wanted to consider all my options.

I hate to say it, but right now, the most fully-featured PDC
for Win2K clients is NT or Win2K.  TNG is getting there, though.
A lot depends on how much you need NT client domain/user utilities
and NT-style password changing and the like.

	- Kevin Colby
	  kevinc at

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