[PATCH] [WIP] AD DC backup and restore tool
L.P.H. van Belle
belle at bazuin.nl
Thu May 31 11:54:37 UTC 2018
> There is a big problem with renaming an active directory domain. If
> Samba AD is compatible with Windows AD, then at some point a Windows
> DC running Exchange will be added, at this point the rename will stop
> working, because you cannot rename an exchange server.
> There is a big problem with renaming an active directory domain.
No, there is no problem with renameing an ad domain because you should not do that.
I think its better is samba prevents the use of reserved tld's in the provisioning.
That is a thing that wil help.
Why do you think i run samba AD, even with its bugs its imo a better product then MS AD. ( ms also has lots of bugs )
There is only ONE good AD, as said before Novell Directory Services (NDS). MS AD is a cheap copy of NDS.
> If Samba AD is compatible with Windows AD, then at some point a Windows DC running Exchange will be added,
So i dont see problems here, except that the system administrator did not obey the advice of MS.
They people also forget to configure the outgoing mail connector and reading the manual howto install the server in general.
Do not run an exchange on the DC. Source:
More insight here : Source: http://www.itprotoday.com/microsoft-exchange/basic-impossibility-renaming-exchange-server
And thats the same for the last 15 years..
Every computer/dns/upn/spn/certifcates etc all need changes.
No, i've seen that to much, i'll never use it or support it, i did 3 domain renames in the past.
I would have spend about 1/2 of the time if i had installed it clean, but héé customer wishes..
And then complaining about the hours made, but they where warned and that was on paper..
That did cost me a costumer in the end. And you know, about a year later i did hear that this ex-customer
was still having problems with pc's and that resulted in a new clean installed domain.. By me..
That was 10 years ago and that domain is still running upgrade after upgrade.
And thats the same for me on with samba, setup correct and you wil have years of fun with it.
My old NT domain, is entering its 14e year now its last, my AD domain is running 4-5 years now.
As you know upgrade as of 4.1. up to 4.8.2 now, yes few minor thing but small easy to fix thing.
Now the main problem is that people are getting under-educated in howto setup a domain/server or whatever.
Why because people dont care about it, they just install something and put it in production.
Therefor imo, its our task also to educate them todo the right thing.
Before i put a server into production i've reinstalled it 2-4 times. ..
Yes install test, format, install test format.
You know how much you learn from that, and only if i can repied the install without problems then the install is ok.
This is how my server installes are all done and based on.
Beside that, time is expensive these days, so why spend time on a rename, that will give more problems
But again, my opinion, its not my time waisted here. (execpt this mail then)
( sorry if im i bit blunt here )
But i must say, i do like the backup tool changes, these more imo much more important then a domain rename.
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