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

Dragan Krnic dkrnic at lycos.com
Wed Sep 15 13:03:07 GMT 2004

If you can't be more specific than

   "Combine whatever is fitting best to your need and the users needs",

I don't see what your point is.

> i see no problem to have
> different kinds of servers in one Network, if it makes sense
> from the desired needs,
> i have serveral Terminal servers and a samba pdc,
> in different offices and locations.
> I would warn to make a pseudo religios
> discussion out of that.
> Combine whatever is fitting best to your and the users needs.
> for file services i would preffer samba ever.
>> 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,
>> Yoda
>>>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.
>>>>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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