[Samba] SAMBA+LDAP in a Workgroup

Craig White craigwhite at azapple.com
Fri Mar 17 02:15:42 GMT 2006

On Thu, 2006-03-16 at 10:00 +0100, Tom Haerens wrote:
> Hi,
> This may be a dumb question (I'm new with this), but is it possible to use 
> SAMBA in combination with LDAP  in a Workgroup?
> All the manuals and examples I can find, are talking about Domains and 
> PDCs.
> I have to set up a new Samba server and checkout LDAP but I'm not allowed 
> to change the Workgroup settings...
> Now we use smbpasswd...
> Is LDAP worth the effort and time?
for maintaining user accounts on one UNIX/Linux system to interface with
Samba? Doubtful

for maintaining user accounts on more than one UNIX/Linux system so
there is across the board continuity of uid's, gid's passwords,
integration with Samba and other services such as mail...Yes.

The reason that the documentation always uses the Windows Domain model
when talking about LDAP is because the Windows Domain model is a basic
logical and security structure in any group of Windows computers. That
doesn't mean you have to use Samba & LDAP in a Windows Domain model...it
means that almost all Administrators and Users would prefer to have it
integrate into a Windows Domain model because there is less password
management, access management, security management in a predictable way
and it would only be the rare case for someone to set up LDAP and not
integrate it.


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