Multiple workgroups (was Dear Ol' Samba)
David.Collier-Brown at canada.sun.com
Wed Oct 11 14:39:28 GMT 2000
Nadeem Hasan wrote:
> This was posted on SuSE List.
Could you forward this answer to that SuSE list? I'm
sending it to you and samba at samba.org...
> Does anyone know if it is possible to run multiple versions of the
> smbd daemon (samba/smb) to support multiple Windoze WORKGROUPS from the
> one machine?
It's barely possible, by running two separate sambas.
Another commentator tried it, and had the expected
severe but non-fatal difficulties(;-))
> The reason is that we have two workgroups - ADMIN and RIFRAF and I need to
> be able to serve resources to both, ideally from the one machine.
It's a lot easier to tell all your user that there
is a new workgroup, possibly named after the whole company
or division, and two servers named ADMIN and RIFRAF.
Those servers would have all the shares that used to
live on multiple servers in those workgroups.
This is fully supported by Samba.
[A note to the list: in most printing of Using Samba,
I had smbd supporting multiple workgroups. This was an
error, due to my klutzing the test! It's fixed in
later versions, which aren't as misleading.]
Migration to a single-server, single workgroup
configuration is particularly easy: make the
old server's share read-only, copy it to a r/o
share on the new server, and then change that to r/w.
You can do much of this during working hours, with
adequate notice, except for people's home directories.
And even them, if your users are kind (;-))
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