[Samba] AD in Samba 3
milz at seneca.muc.de
Tue Dec 7 19:46:32 GMT 2004
David Hargreave <davidh at fdk.com.au> wrote:
> Samba 3 based solutions cannot provide the following enterprise
> services used by the most recent releases of Microsoft products (XP,
> Office 2003 etc)
A good example is the German Parliament - who gives a damn about this
AD featuritis, and they have 6000+ IT seats. ... You should discuss with
your management what you actually need. If all you need is NT4
functionality, Samba is Just Fine [TM].
Before anybody asks your management, come up with a suggestion for software
distribution and patch management for your XP machines. There are several
options that do work on Linux but SMS isn't one.
> 1. Active Directory Server support for Microsoft desktop operating
> systems and desktop applications ? some features will not be available
> in office etc without AD.
Correct - but do you need them? If you don't use M$ Exchange there is
little actual need for AD.
> 2. Group Policy Objects ? assist in reducing the effort required to
> maintain a secure network.
Which is more a question of your security policy than of M$ offerings.
> 3. Machine Policy Objects ? assist in reducing the effort required to
> manage the user desktop and workstation environments.
> 4. Logon Scripts stored in Active Directory ? provides a single point
> of management for all critical user resources.
As do login scripts stored on a Samba server. This is a silly one.
> 5. Software Application and Access Controls in Active Directory ?
> provides a single point of management for all network security
Again - what are your actual security requirements. Don't buy (and pay!)
something you don't need.
> 6. Out of the box automated distributed directory services ? allows a
> single team to remotely manage servers and workstations in branch
> offices and provides disaster recovery capabilities.
Don't let these consultants bully you. Apparently, they do have a clue
about Windows and AD but ask them if they understand your actual needs.
Signs of crime: screaming or cries for help.
-- from the Brown Security Crime Prevention Pamphlet
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