PDC acceptance criteria

Jason Haar Jason.Haar at trimble.co.nz
Tue Oct 3 22:38:41 GMT 2000

On Tue, Oct 03, 2000 at 05:20:45PM -0500, Steve Langasek wrote:
> On Tue, 3 Oct 2000, Gerald Carter wrote:
> > Let me rephrase that then...Is PDC<->BDC integration with
> > NT server required?  Or can people just say this is a 
> > Samba domain.  It is a trivial thing to replicate a smbpasswd
> > among servers.  Once LDAP support is in place, we can
> > just point all samba servers in a domain to that.
> It is trivial to replicate the smbpasswd file between servers; but what tools
> are you going to ship with Samba to facilitate this?  Samba has been ported to
> such a wide range of platforms that the only guarantee you have about your
> server's facilities is that it supports SMB. :)  That being the case, it seems
> to me that the easiest failover method to implement would be the one that
> already uses SMB, namely the NT PDC->BDC replication mechanism.  The

I diagree. I'd say that if you're using Samba as your PDC, then you are
using Samba for your BDCs (i.e you do not want NT for your DC's). As such
you should use standard tools to replicate smbpasswd - and I believe they do
exist - they're called NIS (yuck!) and rdist/rsync. I'd use the latter (over
ssh of course) to provide a Unix-specific solutions that is BETTER THAN that
provided by M$...

For those "wide range of platforms" that don't support such options, well I
hear FTP works everywhere :-)


Jason Haar

Unix/Network Specialist, Trimble NZ
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