Windows 2000 support

Thomas Schulz schulz at
Fri Apr 8 17:52:47 UTC 2016

In the thread titled
'[PATCH] samba-tool throws error if there is an empty FSMO role'
Rowland asked:

> Also would this be a good time to start discussing dropping support for 
> '2000', Microsoft dropped support for it nearly 6yrs ago, you have to 
> actively select the 2000 function level at provision and who is likely 
> to do that ?

We have a domain with a Windows 2000 Server system as the domain controller.
Awhile back I tried to set up Samba 4.1.something as an additional
domain controller to provide some redundancy if the Windows 2000 machine
went down. I was not sucessfull as replication did not work from the
Samba DC back to the Windows DC. After working on it for awhile I gave
up on it. Is there some special 2000 function level that I could have
selected that would have made things work?

I know that it is a very bad thing to rely on Windows 2000 Serever on a
15 year old computer, but for several reasons we can not update it.
We reciently went out and bought a full set of spare parts for the
machine so that we can fix any failures.

Tom Schulz
Applied Dynamics Intl.
schulz at

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