[Samba] Looking for large-ish deployment advice

Adrian Hicks Adrian.H at auston.edu.sg
Thu Oct 14 02:36:51 GMT 2004

The Singapore National Library has done something like your setup.  They 
have multiple locations & staff move between them.

I'm not sure if they will talk to you, & I think they outsourced the 
project.  Website is:  http://www.nlb.gov.sg/

Adrian Hicks

On 13 October 2004 pm 23:38, Quentin Hartman wrote:
> Colleagues-
>  I am working on the design of a fairly large samba deployment, and I am
> looking for feedback on some of my design ideas.
>  I have 10 buildings spread out in and around a city, all interconnected
> via 1.5Mb leased lines. There are samba servers in each building. I have
> some users that move from building to building. We are using primarily
> windows 98 desktops, with a few 2K and XPP machines thrown in for
> flavor.
>  Ideally, I would like to setup a single centrally managed and
> authenticated domain, but have user home directories served from member
> servers in the users' home buildings, as performance over the WAN links
> is poor. The problem I'm having is figuring out a mechanism wherein the
> PDC or a login script will be smart enough to know which member server
> to connect to for their home directories. My goal is to normally only
> have authentication and internet traffic traversing the WAN links, and
> only have user data traversing the WAN links when someone is not in
> their usual home building.
>  Right now, I am planning on setting up multiple domains, one for each
> building, and then setting trusts between them all. This way everyone
> can login to their home domain and get at their data, but then still
> have access to the applications on the local server, regardless of which
> building they are in. This solution is more complex and has more
> management overhead than I would like, but is the only way I have come
> up with that I know will work. Anyone have any better ideas? As I've
> only done relatively small and simple samba deployments in the past, I'm
> sure there are some more advanced features that I don't know about that
> might make this possible. Would DFS work?
> --
> -Regards-
> -Quentin Hartman-
> Technology Coordinator
> South Lane School District
> Cottage Grove, Oregon
> Office- 541.767.3778
> Mobile- 541-501-1197
> qhartman at lane.k12.or.us

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