[Samba] Samba/LDAP Domains and multiple File Servers

Craig White craigwhite at azapple.com
Wed Mar 22 14:16:42 GMT 2006

On Wed, 2006-03-22 at 08:43 -0500, Matt Ingram wrote:
> Craig White wrote:
> > --
> > why fly by the seat of your pants on this when the documentation tells
> > you what you need to know?
> >
> > see http://www.samba.org/samba/docs - the "By Example" where it
> > discusses PDC's and BDC's and how to manage them
> >   
> hmm are you referring to the chapter on Making Happy Users?  That 
> chapter does not address the the scenario I am going for.   The sample 
> given is still using home drives that reside on the PDC and mounted on 
> the BDC via NFS; which is not what I'm looking for.  What I'm looking 
> for is, Site one's users home drives exclusively running off of BDC1; 
> site 2's users home drives exclusively running off of BDC2, and so on.
> Here's what I've tried:
> on the BDC's smbldap-tools I've set the smbldap-tools.conf SID to that 
> of the PDC instead of the BDC's SID, while things like the home drive 
> are pointing to the BDC, instead of the PDC.  This seems to work, the 
> way I was hoping.. are you aware of any problems having the setup like this?
let's keep this on list please.

doesn't sound remotely like the samba documentation describes it and if
it works for you - great.

The intent of samba software is that PDC and any/all BDC's have the
exact same LDAP data - at least as far as all Samba user/group/computer
attributes are concerned and a BDC would have it's own SID, not the same
SID as the PDC. That would track the methodology of a Windows NT 4 type

Since a passdb of LDAP or tdb types actually permit you to have user
home drives and profiles set individually, it really isn't much effort
to assign these paths individually for users to whichever server you
want them to use.

Am I aware of any problems having the setup like you have described
yours to be? No - but I tend towards setting things up as they were
intended to be done.


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