[Samba] Samba 3 by Example - chapter 5 & 6 ( Manager -> sambaadmin)

Craig White craigwhite at azapple.com
Fri Mar 3 05:15:01 GMT 2006

On Thu, 2006-03-02 at 22:38 -0600, John H Terpstra wrote:
> >
> > I think you should follow Craig's advice, get your hands on a copy of
> > "LDAP System Administration", and go through it carefully.  LDAP is a
> > wonderful enabling technology, but if you don't understand how it works,
> > you'll get terrible performance, and risk exposing private data.
> I have no argument with this advice - but please be careful that you do not 
> needlessly scare people off from using LDAP.
I was wondering if you dropped off the face of this planet since I knew
you wouldn't take his commentary well.

My biggest concern isn't necessarily for performance or exposing data as
much as having a user who relies upon a technology that provides
essential user/group authentication services as well as configuration
information and can neither comprehend nor maintain it and when you know
what hits the fan, that user is ill equipped to solve the problem.

No one should be scared away from using LDAP and the samba documentation
clearly gives enough information to permit someone to integrate samba in
an LDAP environment but the samba documentation doesn't suggest that you
can use LDAP on your domain without getting a reasonably rounded
education on using LDAP itself. Some people have that erroneous


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