[Samba] Samba 3: is LDAP required?

John H Terpstra jht at samba.org
Fri Oct 17 21:00:48 GMT 2003

On Wed, 15 Oct 2003, tvsjr wrote:

>  >Yes or no - is OpenLDAP required to be on the SAMBA 3.0 server in order for
>  >Active Directory support to work?  Active Directory support == "security =
>  >ads".
> Are you trying to make Samba act as an Active Directory server? If so, then
> Samba won't do that, you're SOL.
> If you're trying to make your Samba machine join an Active Directory, no,
> OpenLDAP is not required. The Active Directory must be running in Mixed or
> Native mode, not in Native 2003 (2k3 Server only) mode.

Not quite! Samba-3.0.x can join a Win2K3 AD Domain that is in Native Mode.
This is documented in the Samba-HOWTO-Collection.pdf available with
Samba-3 in the chapter on "Domain Membership".

PS: You can obtain this document from:

It is also available from Amazon.Com as "The Official Samba-3 HOWTO and
Reference Guide" for those who want a hard copy. The book has more
information in it than the HOWTO.

- John T.
John H Terpstra
Email: jht at samba.org

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