[Samba] Using Samba PDC to update software?

John H Terpstra jht at samba.org
Thu May 8 01:30:05 GMT 2003


If your workstation is a member of a Samba controlled domain then the
answer is yes!

The way to do it is via a Policy file (NTConfig.POL) file that you need to
create (at this time the only tool to do this with is the NT4 Group Policy
Editor (we are working on a Samba utility to do this) by which you create
a policy that requires a particular command to be run off a network drive
redirection. You set it up to run once only.

The core of what you need to know to do this will be documented in the new
Samba-HOWTO-Collection.pdf that will ship with the final gold release of
Samba-3.0.0. If you need access to this information sooner then the
following URL will locate the current "work-in-progress" version, but
understand that it is NOT complete and not all of it has been QA
validated - so use at your own risk!


PS: Refer to the chapter on Policies.


- John T.

On Wed, 7 May 2003, Jason Williams wrote:

> Hello everyone.
> I was curious, if one could use Samba, acting as a PDC, to update software
> on clients computers. (Sorta like Active Directory).
> Is it possible to do this? Possible to setup some type of script, that each
> user will get when they log onto the domain that will allow them to
> download the software to their computer and update/install it?
> This possible? This could be very lucrative to my network if possible.
> Thanks everyone.
> Jason

John H Terpstra
Email: jht at samba.org

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