[Samba] Samba 3.0 PDC and Active direcory

Kristyan Osborne kris at longhill.brighton-hove.sch.uk
Thu Jan 2 09:41:03 GMT 2003

Samba 3 will not act as an active directory server. You need to use a win2k server for that.

Kristyan Osborne IT Technician
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-----Original Message-----
From: Alex Pita [mailto:newmail at softhome.net]
Sent: 27 December 2002 09:18
To: samba at lists.samba.org
Subject: [Samba] Samba 3.0 PDC and Active direcory

Hello all,

I'm using samba 2.2.7a acting as PDC on my lan (clients are only Windows 
2000 Professional). All is working fine except one thing: Active Directory!

I read the documentation and i saw that samba 3.0alpa21 it has support 
for Active directory. I downloaded this version and before start i read 
the docs. It seems to be not what i am looking for. I said this because 
for ADS support, is required the following pieces:

Windows 2000 Server
Samba 3.0

So, the conclusion is only one: I still required a Windows 2000 Server 
Platform. I suppose because Samba will connect to W2k Server and import 
from there Active directory policy.

What i want is to use ONLY Windows 2000 Professional (for clients) and a 
Linux box for Sammba PDC and ADS. If W2k server is still required in 
this case the Linux and Samba become UNUSEFULL (because all things can 
be done using W2k server platform not only ADS policy)

Can somebody tell me if exist any schema to support ADS on Samba without 
using a W2k Server?

For example:

In samba -> netlogon i have a script which sincronize time between Samba 
server and W2k clients. Without ADS support is necessary to login on 
each W2k client OS and add using Local Security Policy Editor each 
particular settings for an user from my domain which want to connect to 
this station (Time settings is allowed by default only for power users, 
or if i add a new group with some particular settings). This thing is 
verry difficult to implement if i have more then 2-3 client stations in 
my LAN.

Can anybody tell me how can i do this job? I need to implement one 
global policy which will be applied (imported) to all stations located 
in my LAN.

Thanks in advance for your help,


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