Ricky Nance ricky.nance at
Wed Nov 23 22:29:25 MST 2011

Just a note to anyone needing something tested, I am in the IRC channel all
the time (RiXtEr, or some variant of that depending on how cranky my
internet connection is at that time), so if you need something tested, hit
me up, otherwise email me with a set of instructions of what you want done
and I will do my best to get you the data you need. I may not be the best
programmer, but I am a fairly decent troubleshooter, and I follow
directions pretty well ;). I am the tech director at a small school and our
budget is 0, samba has allowed me to setup a good stable nt4 type of domain
(running since 2003), and now with samba 4 I have an AD. I would like to
contribute back to the project in any way I am able, and if being a
guinea-pig is my part, so be it.

Thanks to the entire Samba Team for such a great product,

On Wed, Nov 23, 2011 at 3:08 PM, Andrew Bartlett <abartlet at> wrote:

> On Tue, 2011-11-22 at 23:41 -0600, Ricky Nance wrote:
> > As an end user my input may not be worth much, but here goes anyway. I
> just
> > completed my samba3upgrade (migration) to samba 4, I spent the last 2
> weeks
> > working with Amitay and Andrew B. getting this migration to go as smooth
> as
> > possible. First, I had about 5 duplicate SID's I had to fix, then there
> > were some group import issues that Amitay patched up for me, once the
> > migration was successful, he worked out some password expiration issues
> as
> > well, finally I ended up with a smooth migration that didn't have expired
> > users, next thing was none of my shares imported over to the new smb.conf
> > (took an hour to work out what samba 4 didn't like about them), then I
> went
> > to rejoin a computer to the domain, since the account already existed it
> > failed (this worked on samba 3 by the way, deleting the computer from AD
> > fixed this), not a deal breaker, so time to do this on my production
> > server. Tonight I did my production migration and full setup (including
> > bind configuration) within an hour, once going I faced a few more issues
> > that happened to be with file/folder permissions, and likely will spend
> > another hour or two figuring out how to take care those. All in all it
> went
> > pretty well, had those guys not been around to work through those bugs
> > though, I would have had a heck of a time getting this done.
> Ricky,
> Thanks for being our guinea-pig on this.  We managed to resolve a number
> of issues from the real world when working on your configuration, and
> that experience was incredibly valuable.
> We also found some pretty show-stopper bugs, and I'm very glad you had
> the patience to work those issues though with us.
> > With that all being said, I would say if a full migration can be done
> > within an hour by ME, then samba 4 should be ready to at least hit a beta
> > or first full release (How long has it been in alpha now?)
> > PS. Samba 4 not being able to print might be a big issue still for some.
> > Also Microsoft Windows 2000 shipped with 65000 known bugs... Is anything
> > ever really ready to be released? Isn't that what updates are for? Time
> to
> > get some stable packages out on the repos and get users actively
> > testing/working with samba 4.
> >
> > Thats my .02 cents worth,
> > Ricky (aka RiXtEr)
> Thanks!
> Andrew Bartlett
> --
> Andrew Bartlett                      
> Authentication Developer, Samba Team 


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