[Samba] Samba 4.0 LDAP backend -- replacement for OpenLDAP?

Andrew Bartlett abartlet at samba.org
Tue May 23 23:42:38 GMT 2006

On Tue, 2006-05-23 at 17:34 -0400, Ken D'Ambrosio wrote:
> I was reading up on the Linux Magazine overview of Samba 4.0
> (http://www.linux-magazine.com/issue/67/Samba_4_Technical_Preview.pdf),
> and noticed that Samba 4 was going to have its own LDAP backend ("LDB",
> according to the article).  Since I'm planning on rolling out LDAP
> authentication at my site in the not-incredibly-distant-future, should I
> consider using the Samba LDAP backend instead of OpenLDAP?  Is there a
> comparison of the two?

Currently there is no comparison, clearly any production deployment in
the near future would have to be based on Samba 3.0, and it relies on an
external LDAP server.

When we get Samba4 to a release, then if you only wanted LDAP as a
backend for Samba, then Samba4 will provide all you need.  If you want
other tools to use Samba4, you will need to look at what level of
standards compliance each application expects, what schema is expected
etc.  Samba4 needs to aim for compatibility with windows clients first,
standards second.  This is very different from OpenLDAP's goals.

All that said, we do hope to have a good, easily configured LDAP server
as part of Samba4, useful to a wide variety of clients.

Andrew Bartlett
Andrew Bartlett                                http://samba.org/~abartlet/
Authentication Developer, Samba Team           http://samba.org
Student Network Administrator, Hawker College  http://hawkerc.net
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