[Samba] Re: LDAP account management tools?

Craig White craigwhite at azapple.com
Thu Dec 15 14:39:29 GMT 2005

On Thu, 2005-12-15 at 09:20 -0500, Matt Lung wrote:

> Right now, it isn't.  It could be with some work though.  I believe new 
> users will continue to struggle until there is some sort of wizard type 
> setup that will aid in the configuration of their Samba servers.  If 
> they use a wizard and get setup what they want they will be happy.  
I think that is the point of smbldap-tools and most specifically
smbldap-populate - sort of a turnkey approach to getting the Windows
expected/Samba & LDAP implemented base setup.
> Maybe some of them will leave it at that and never look any deeper, or 
> maybe others will need to dig down and start learning how Samba really 
> works or how LDAP really works, and start customizing.  Most that are 
> just starting out they try this and they hit a road block and become 
> frustrated.... they ask for help on this list and most get chastised for 
> asking a simple question.  The inevitable answer is "read the 
> documentation".
How do you deal with people that already have their users and groups
setup? Is basic LDAP setup/configuration part of Samba responsibility?
>   A lot of times it gets pretty nasty too.  Why don't you 
> make a separate list for new samba users to post simple startup 
> questions to??
I don't see it getting nasty
>   I'd run back to Microsoft in an instant too if I was new 
> looking for help and that happened to me.    Doing something like this 
> to make startup easier is only going to help this project and further 
> promote switching from Microsoft servers to Samba servers, or switching 
> to Linux in general. 
There are lots of resources for getting support - this list is user
supported for free. Expecting personal attention to one's situation is
probably not reasonable. You can always contract for support, setup
assistance, etc.


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