[Samba] Re: Samba Server [Solaris 8] on Windows 2K/2003 [ADS] network

TimS tim.smith at msdh.state.ms.us
Fri Apr 22 15:03:46 GMT 2005


Thanks for taking pity... :-)

This is great news! I knew

from the reading I've done

that the ADS features code

was put into Samba 3; but

what I didn't pick up on is

that it would work whether

the Samba server is on the

Windows domain or not.

Our Solaris box has two

network adapters, one RJ-45 and

one fiber, but but we can only

use the RJ-45 connection due to

the powers-that-be nixing our

request to drop a line for the

fiber connection -- even though

There is a vacant fiber plug-in

on the switch.


we also have a Linux Box [RedHat 9] in

our unit. Couldn't we upgrade the

Samba installation on it [...come to

think of it, one of our other guys

just rebuilt that box a few weeks ago, and

I don't know for sure which Samba release

is on it now...] and do the testing there?

Speaking of that, can you tell me

off the top of your head the quickest

way to determine which Samba release

is currently running on the Linux box?

Thanks again,


"Eric Boehm" <boehm at nortel.com> wrote in message 
news:20050422101833.D19158 at wrtps0m8.nortelnetworks.com...
> On Fri, Apr 22, 2005 at 08:22:14AM -0500, TimS wrote:
>>>>>> "Tim" == TimS  <tim.smith at msdh.state.ms.us> writes:
>    Tim> ALL: Please forgive my ignorance. I am not just naive
>    Tim> regarding Samba..., or Solaris..., or UNIX, or Windows
>    Tim> Networking..., the naivity courses through my veins
>    Tim> abundantly in all IT related matters. :-)
>    Tim> Our work unit is the lone UNIX [Samba server 2.2 on Solaris
>    Tim> 8] installation on the organizational Windows WAN. None of
>    Tim> the analysts in our unit have domain admin rights. The sys
>    Tim> manager in our unit [my boss] has steadfastly refused to add
>    Tim> our UNIX [Samba] server to the windows domain.
>    Tim> Password synchronization has been a thorn in our side from
>    Tim> day one. A SSO solution is the ultimate, but from what I'm
>    Tim> reading, that isn't possible unless/until our Samba server is
>    Tim> added to the domain.
>    Tim> QUESTIONS: -Would upgrading to the lastest Samba release help
>    Tim> at all on this issue?  -I don't see a binary available at the
>    Tim> Samba download site for Solaris 8.  Our SysMgr could
> You just need Samba 3.
>    Tim> certainly do the upgrade without the binary, but I have not
>    Tim> ever done the make/build routine before.
> That could be tricky. I've built Samba 3 with kerberos and ldap and
> the various components needs for ADS but it is decidedly non-trivial.
> However, you don't need to use 'security = ads' to participate. You
> can use just 'security = domain' which would be a plain vanilla
> build. We have several servers participating in an ADS network with
> 'security=domain'. You would then be able to pass authentication
> through to the Windows domain controllers.
>    Tim>  -Is it possible to
>    Tim> set up a test environment for the new Samba release in
>    Tim> another location on the same UNIX box?
> Not sure what you mean here. Do you mean you want to separate Samba
> installs on the same box? If so, you would need at least two network
> interfaces. You can't run two instances of Samba on the same
> interface/IP address.
> I hope this helps.
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