[Samba] Re: Migrate BACK to WINDOWS -> Talk me out of it QUICK

Dragan Krnic dkrnic at lycos.com
Wed Sep 15 10:58:14 GMT 2004

I think I'm clear about what this young Jedi knight
is asking. His conundrum is that he'll end up with
way too many servers if he implements both a Windows
Terminal Server and a Samba file and printer server
on separate machines. Centralizing the Terminal Server
on a big machine would entail dramatic traffic load on
his thin 1/2 T-1 wire, even if he leaves one Samba
server on each site for files and printing. So basically
he asks: Does it not make more sense to just add file
and print services to the MS Windows Terminal Servers ?

And the answer is: Of course, it doesnt!
You don't wanna be on the wrong side of the Force, 
do you, Chris?

The way I see it, Chris should put his w2k3 in a
vmware sandbox on his quad opteron samba server,
ideally. Then install some NX magic and live
happily ever after, with one central Samba server,
(+ stand-by) subleting a couple of w2k3 avatars 
under vmware. Or vice versa.

Let the Force be with you,

> sorry but i am not clear what is your Question?
>> Not thinking about migrating back due to issues, 
>> it is more due to implementation needs and a little 
>> situation I have been wrestling with for a bit now, 
>> and would love some feedback
>> First a little history:
>> We currently have 10 locations connected via a 
>> dedicated 1/2 T-1. Last year I migrated from a 
>> WINNT domain to a Samba/LDAP domain. It has been 
>> running great. Basically did this for license 
>> reasons as well as reduced administrative horror.
>> NOW:
>> We have just started to roll out Thinstation 
>> thin-clients  that are connecting to Win TSRV servers.  
>> What is being planned is 1 Terminal Server per location.  
>> This will significantly reduce the adminstrative
>> nightmare on multiple Windows boxes and centralize it.
>> However, this is where I start to feel that I am having 
>> too many servers per location, seeing that the windows 
>> server could do what the Samba server is doing, 
>> I am in debate about moving back to windows 
>> (I have will need to licenses and boxes there anyhows)
>> One other option is just ot house a ginormous WIN-TSRV 
>> at the central location. However, I am afraid of issues 
>> with printing back to the remote locations 
>> (pushing large files through the 1/2 T-1 to print).
>> A Another option is to remove the samba servers from the 
>> remote location, and just have a samba PDC with 
>> authenticating windows tsrv machines. - I dont like this 
>> option for some reason 
>> I really dont want to move away from the SAMBA backend, 
>> but at the same time dont want to stay with it just because 
>> I 'like it' and I 'want to'. So I am looking for 
>> discussion/arguements as to why I should stay with the 
>> Samba server and a win-tsrv server, as opposed to
>> just moving to a MS backend.
>> Please Obi-won Kenobi, you are our only help! thanks

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