[Samba] Questions about Samba
skatzen at libertysuburban.com
Tue Jan 31 16:36:31 GMT 2006
Dear Samba Team:
I work as a systems engineer in the US for a growing publishing company.
I have been charged with doing some research that will allow us to put
together an infrastructure for our company.
Currently we have a isolated Windows 2003 on AD domain. My manager, for
personal and financial reasons would like to avoid having our other
locations, across the United States, be Microsoft. The nature of our
business has lead most of our users' systems to be Macintosh and we have
many server systems that are Linux (Red Hat). We will have over 100
locations all within the states within a year or two.
With this background you can probably guess my interest in Samba.
However, while I'm familiar with Microsoft servers and OS, my knowledge
of SMB and CIFS is limited.
To converse bandwidth and improve user request/response times we would
like to have all authentication done locally, even though we may only
have one domain and many OUs or subdomains.
Having looked and researched your website and reading about your latest
release (two days old), it does seem like Samba is working hard to
incorporate the AD technology. Since we are not in an immediate hurry
at this time we have no experimented with 4.0.0, since you clearly state
it's a ways away from being ready for production.
Once the bugs are fixed and patched will you believe that Samba would be
able to meet our vision of how we would like our network to work. One
Microsoft DC running 2003 Active Directory, and many subdomains, or OUs
with a Linux box taking care of all local traffic authentication, and
file sharing. The Linux box will need to replicate and communicate with
the DC running AD.
I realize this may be premature, and not very detailed. This plan is
somewhat in a gray area at this time, and we are simply trying to get
some preliminary research done. If this is not the correct address or
form in which to ask questions of this nature, I do apologize, and if
you can respond with the proper address or link to the proper form I
would appreciate it very much. In addition any further research
material or links regarding your software would be very helpful. Thank
you for your time.
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