PDC acceptance criteria

Anders Thorsen anders at cwd.no
Wed Oct 4 00:29:08 GMT 2000

Well, I've got to disagree. We maintain our WinNT server primarily for 
it's WINS replication support,
and PDC <-> BDC would be appreciated, as we could use a samba server as 

Also, I know companies who was huge WinNT networks, where you can't just 
say: Let's replcae them with samba.
So support for BDC capabilities on remote sites could be of great benefit.


Jason Haar <Jason.Haar at trimble.co.nz>
Sent by: samba-technical-admin at us4.samba.org
10/04/2000 05:38 AM

        To:     samba-technical at samba.org
        Subject:        Re: PDC acceptance criteria

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 
> 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 
> server's facilities is that it supports SMB. :)  That being the case, it 
> to me that the easiest failover method to implement would be the one 
> 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 
exist - they're called NIS (yuck!) and rdist/rsync. I'd use the latter 
ssh of course) to provide a Unix-specific solutions that is BETTER THAN 
provided by M$...

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


Jason Haar

Unix/Network Specialist, Trimble NZ
Phone: +64 3 9635 377 Fax: +64 3 9635 417

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