[Samba] Removing Samba+LDAP, replacing W2k3+AD

marcos rocha mczueira at yahoo.com.br
Tue Jun 13 15:24:23 GMT 2006

Hi Collins,

I think you can do this but it would be easier if you
try to upgrade a windows server instead of install a
windows server.
I will explain:

- samba server is compatible with windows NT 4 domain,
so install a windows NT 4 BDC in your samba domain
- with thi done, tested and approved - upgrade this
windows NT 4 BDC to windows 2003 domain controller.

I think that if you try to install windows 2003 as a
domain controller of your samba's domain you will get
problem when w2k3 starts the syncronization process
and try to copy/replicate the domain objects.


--- "Collins, Kevin" <kcollins at nei-ky.com> escreveu:

> Four years ago, I migrated our network from Windows
> NT based servers to
> Linux, Samba+LDAP based setups.  This setup has
> worked fine.  Last year,
> we replaced our Exchange 5.5 server - the last
> "real" Windows  server -
> with Scalix.  This last decision has come back to
> bite me.
> Several new "thingys" that the boss wants, among
> other things, are
> forcing me to implement Exchange 2003.  Because I
> know that Exchange
> 2003 requires AD and my company has three offices
> separated by a WAN,
> I'm going to be forced to rip out my Samba
> underpinnings.  The fact is,
> I don't know the best way to accomplish this.
> I know the one way that this will work is to bring
> up an AD domain
> beside the Samba domain and move things around by
> hand - but that is
> going to cause a unbelievable nightmare with user
> profiles, and machine
> accounts, and all the other crap that goes along
> with being part of a
> domain.
> So my question is this:  Can I bring up a Windows
> 2k3 machine as a
> member server in the Samba domain.  Promote it to
> become an AD Domain
> Controller in mixed mode - retaining the domain SID,
> user and machine
> accounts and such so that I do not have to touch my
> workstations?
> --
> Kevin L. Collins, MCSE
> Systems Manager
> Nesbitt Engineering, Inc.
> Please note my new email address:
> kcollins at nei-ky.com
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