Replacing an NT Domain
Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton
lkcl at switchboard.net
Tue Nov 18 23:31:59 GMT 1997
On Wed, 19 Nov 1997, Daniel Robbins wrote:
> We are going to be using samba in our NT network as a file server. Thanks
> to everyone who is involved with Samba -- it's really neat now that I have
> it working properly. I especially like the ability to block requests based
> on IP#! :-)
> My question is whether you guys know of any way to get rid of our
> NT PDC but still have the ability to log in as any user in the department from
> any NT workstation.
i've been working on stand-alone PDC support for NT workstations for the
last few weeks: longer than i can financially afford to.
answer, yes. use the _experimental_ support in the 1.9.18alpha11
version, which is disabled unless you compile with -DNTDOMAIN.
> Can samba reliably process NT login requests yet, or is
i have no idea!
> there an alternate way of replicating account data between workstations (so that
> we don't have to have a Microsoft PDC processing login requests)?
you could explore SCO's OpenServer, or AT & T's Advanced File / Print Sharer.
these provide full NT Domain login support, being based on NT server.
> Or is having
> an NT PDC devoted to processing login requests and storing profiles currently
> the best solution?
you can tell the NT server to tell the client that the profile is actually on
a samba server (or on any other SMB server, for that matter).
[side-note: there are issues with file/date timestamps in samba which need to
be resolved (the timestamps aren't updated properly at the moment. i *thin*
it's because samba doesn't do the SMB_NT_CREATE_AND_X call, so the NT client
does SMB_CREATE_X instead: that's the only difference i've been able to spot,
in the latest round of this particular saga...].
> I would much rather manage user accounts using Samba and Linux
so would many other administrators. won't be much longer, now.
> but I don't want to have to give up the convenience of having a domain.
> BTW, we have 70+ Machines running NT Workstation in our department.
sounds like a good test environment, if a couple of those are spare... you
want to help out at all? :-)
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