[SAMBA4] Samba appliance for terminal servers

Andrew Bartlett abartlet at samba.org
Fri Aug 18 03:55:25 GMT 2006

On Sat, 2006-08-12 at 16:04 +0800, Steven McCoy wrote:
> Hi Andrew,
>   I have read some of your documents (Samba 4 - Active Directory, 5th
> January 2005) and the SambaXP 2006 talks, and so hopefully the appliance can
> be updated to support the join process.
> I have in mind two targets for such an appliance, one for small < 25
> employee companies with little expectation of AD integration, and the other
> for schools with OLPC style projects.  Promoting diskless servers and
> clients allows for more stable environments that are easier to repair,
> simply replace broken machines or parts: no need to re-configure the
> software or install new drivers, etc.  Samba allows the nice integration of
> Windows hosts and software that cannot be replaced with Linux/Unix
> counterparts.

Very interesting. 

> A couple of technical questions:  will Samba 4 allow LDAP clients to modify
> the entries, and can I add extra schemas like the qmail, sendmail, exim, and
> postfix mail schemas?  According to previous notes and docs it should be
> able to by updating schema.ldif?

We don't currently check schemas, so you don't need to add them, but
when we do start checking, we will convert and load these external

> http://lists.samba.org/archive/samba-technical/2005-November/043846.html
> So to support schema files I would need to convert them to LDIF, update the
> master schema.ldif and rebuild the Samba databases?

Yep.  see oLschema2ldif.  I have recently updated it to convert the
matching rules as required.

Andrew Bartlett

Andrew Bartlett                                http://samba.org/~abartlet/
Authentication Developer, Samba Team           http://samba.org
Samba Developer, Red Hat Inc.                  http://redhat.com
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