[Samba] Advice needed about remote colaboration

Bradley W. Langhorst brad at langhorst.com
Fri May 10 11:58:02 GMT 2002

On Fri, 2002-05-10 at 14:48, tristpost wrote:
> I am about to start a small business together with two colleagues. We are all located in different parts of the country and is in need of good remote collaboration (we will do major software development).
> We will use VPN tunnels (over internet) between our computers.
okay you probably don't need this
> Ideally I would like to set up one PDC at one site and backup DC at the two others. All three machines could act as file servers where everyone maintain a CVS repository for the parts of the software he is responsible for.
why would you want to do this - you don't need a domain for 3 people.
> Unfortunately Samba is not able to act as backup domain controller at the moment (at least not the stable release that we probably want to use).
> What other ways can one use Samba in this scenario?
samba is great - but not the right tool for this situation...
you want to use CVS so use it
put up a CVS server and check out files to everybody's local machine

everybody sees everything - just remember to commit often to avoid

maybe samba could be helpful for serving up a common share to pass
around business documents (that you don't keep in cvs) - probably webdav
would be better.
> The reason we want to have one server in each site is of course to be able to do work even if the VPN tunnels are down. We want to be able to use the same user account on all the three servers to avoid having to log in more than once...
I think you are putting in too much overhead for 3 people.
Everybody can manange their own account on the local machine and 
manually keep their passwords in sync on the server.
If your really want one pwdb source you could use replicated ldap
(replicated so that you can log in even if the network is offline).

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