[Samba] Samba Best Practices -- Integration with Active Directory

Mark Irving marki at cumcmemphis.org
Tue Feb 22 17:03:00 GMT 2005

 Way too much trouble maintaining two sets of passwords. I have a
similar setup and use Samba in ADS mode with winbind. This way I don't
have to create new accounts on the fileserver nor have to keep up with
any kind of password synching. More secure too since you don't have
passwords floating around and also because one tends to have a never or
rarely changing password policy since it is so much trouble. About the
only thing that I have to fiddle with some is the permissions on the
file server.

Also I am curious why you are running Websense on a W2K3 server. IMO
Squid and Dansguardian do a much better job of filtering, you don't have
to have a beefy machine (mine is a P3-800Mhz/512M RAM), and you don't
have to pay the yearly fees either. It also give you the ability to
quite easily have a backup server on another machine in case your main
one is down.

Mark Irving

> -----Original Message-----
> From: samba-bounces+marki=cumcmemphis.org at lists.samba.org 
> [mailto:samba-bounces+marki=cumcmemphis.org at lists.samba.org] 
> On Behalf Of Tim Holmes
> Sent: Tuesday, February 22, 2005 10:32 AM
> To: samba at lists.samba.org
> Subject: [Samba] Samba Best Practices -- Integration with 
> Active Directory
> ood Morning Everyone:
> This question is a bit different from the run of the mill -- 
> HELP ME I GOT TROUBLE questions here on the list, however I 
> am interested in getting this situation working correctly and 
> also need to understand the basis behind the process so that 
> I can implement it properly and extend it as necessary
> First off -- Some Background
> I am running a 150 station lan where all the workstations are 
> Windows XP Pro SP2 -- Fully patched. The Domain Controller, 
> Exchange Server, and Content Filter (Websense) are all 
> Windows Server 2003 standard (updated and fully patched).  
> The AntiVirus Server (Panda) is An XP SP2 Box.  The
> 2 Webservers (production and development) are Fedora Core 2, 
> as is the File Server, and Database server (MySQL).  All have 
> been fully updated with yum in the last week or so.
> Currently The 2 Webservers and the File server have samba set 
> up on them.  This is to facilitate file movement between them 
> and the rest of the network.  At the present time to allow 
> access to the samba boxes I create a user account for the 
> person in linux, then create a samba account, and feed it 
> their windows password using the system-config-samba program. 
>  Once this is done, they can access the shares without any 
> need for typing usernames and passwords, which is great, but 
> to my way of thinking that is a lot of steps to go through. 
> My question is as follows:
> Is this the proper / best way to have the integration set up, 
> or is there a better way.  From where I sit, and in a perfect 
> world, when a user tried to access a samba share, the samba 
> server would query the domain controller for authentication 
> and process it, similar to accessing a share on one of the 
> windows boxes.  I would like to move all my user accounts 
> home directories to the file server, but I don't want to take 
> the time to input all the usernames/passwords, and then have 
> the problem that every time someone changes their windows 
> password, they loose their samba access.
> If you have suggestions for reading, or ideas or other 
> helpful hints, I would be greatly appreciative.  The 
> resources that I have read on the net are at best confusing.  
> Also I am fairly new to Linux, and although I am learning, it 
> is going to take me a while to get all the ins and outs of 
> the system nailed down, so I may need some procedural help to 
> get things working smoothly
> Thank you so much for your time and assistance
> Tim Holmes
> IT Manager / Webmaster
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