PDC acceptance criteria

Neil Hoggarth neil.hoggarth at physiol.ox.ac.uk
Wed Oct 4 10:49:41 GMT 2000

On Tue, 3 Oct 2000 gcarter at valinux.com wrote:

>   Q: What features must be present in Samba to release 
>   it as a Windows NT 4.0 PDC replacement?

I think my views on this are probably already known to anyone who has
been hanging around on Samba newsgroups and mailing lists for a while,
but anyway, speaking for my own installation, here is my 2 pennyworth:

Our main priority is domain joining / domain login (for all classes of
client, up to and including W2K). Even if that is *all* that a "Samba
PDC" does then it is a useful tool for us. As Jerry already knows, I've
offered to help out with the development effort on this. User/Group
mapping and enumaration would be useful and welcome additions.

Beyond that:

I can see that trust relationships and domain replication will be
must-have features for some people (but are not really a requirement for
me). I have zero interest in running Samba DCs via NT User Manager, etc.
I run Samba so that I can support Windows desktop clients from a
Unix-centric server infrastructure, and I don't see the point of
re-inventing the whole of NT server ...

Neil Hoggarth                                 Departmental Computer Officer
<neil.hoggarth at physiol.ox.ac.uk>                   Laboratory of Physiology
http://www.physiol.ox.ac.uk/~njh/                  University of Oxford, UK

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