[Samba] Replacing WinNT 4 PDC with Samba PDC

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Thu May 8 01:17:04 GMT 2003

I am in the midst of something very similar...because of the passwords, I
believe you need to have the users re-assign (or you) thier passwords.  User
informaiton is easily transferable.

I went the LDAP route because, it mimics a PDC/BDC relationship extremely
well.  I currently have two remote servers syncing their account informaiton
with the main (PDC) .. it works great.

So, to answer your question, you can import user information in either the
typical linux passwd/group way or go with a much more robust LDAP
solution..but either way, you need to incorporate a mechanism for users to
change thier passwords (initially just set them to some default)..I chose a
web-based solution for password changes since no user logs into the linux
box, and no user is smart enough to get it right via win98

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Collins, Kevin [mailto:KCollins at nesbittengineering.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, May 07, 2003 3:33 PM
> To: 'samba at lists.samba.org'
> Subject: [Samba] Replacing WinNT 4 PDC with Samba PDC
> Hi All!
> Thanks to all of you that responded to my previous posts.  
> I've gotten a lot
> more info now than I used to have!
> But I still have questions.  The biggest right now is:  Is 
> there a way build
> up a Samba PDC as a direct replacement for an existing 
> Windows NT 4.0 PDC?
> All the material I've found to date is written from a 
> standpoint of creating
> a new domain as you create the Samba machine.  This maybe 
> what I have to do
> in the end, but I would like to avoid it if possible.
> If there is a way, can someone point me to the right place for the
> HOWTO/Documentation?  As of right now, I'm not looking for an 
> LDAP solution,
> but if that's what it takes, then that's where I'll go.  For what it's
> worth, the setup will be on Red Hat's "ES" Server (with I 
> think is RH 7.3
> based) and Samba 2.2.8.
> Why do I need this?  Because I have an existing Exchange 
> Server with a 4GB
> Information Store that I would have to rebuild as well - not a pretty
> picture.  If I can build the Samba PDC as a replacement for 
> the existing
> PDC, that's would what I'd like to do.
> Thanks,
> Kevin L. Collins, MCSE
> Systems Manager
> Nesbitt Engineering, Inc.
> (859) 233-3111 x24 
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