[Samba] smb-ldap or not to smb-ldap

Craig White craigwhite at azapple.com
Fri Mar 31 18:37:39 GMT 2006

On Fri, 2006-03-31 at 16:30 +0100, Antony Gelberg wrote:
> Hi all,
> We are deploying a Linux server and desktops for a customer.  We will
> have the users and groups in LDAP on the server, and files shared via NFS.
> However, one never knows if Windows desktops will be needed in the
> future.  Is it a good idea to add users with smb-ldap even if samba is
> not initially used, as adding the samba attributes to an existing LDAP
> database is painful, and the smb-ldap created users will have the
> relevant POSIX credentials to be able to login anyway?
It would seem to me that a successful LDAP implementation is going to
have an administrator who can script changes to the users attributes
when necessary, otherwise, it's not just a down the road implementation
of samba that will make things difficult.

My thinking is that time spent now to acquire skill sets is better than
spending time to configure an imagined samba implementation which may
happen down the road.

That being said, it probably won't hurt anything to implement
smbldap-tools but consider that the real issue is the tool sets you use
to create/modify existing users outside of the samba realm must all
anticipate the samba schema because the smbldap-tools are for samba
based tools.


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