[Samba] Migrating a smbpasswd domain controller to LDAP

Adam Williams awilliam at mdah.state.ms.us
Wed Nov 14 22:38:58 GMT 2007

i'm sort of in the same boat as you but imagine a dozen smbpasswd based 

read up through chapter 4 in LDAP systems adminstation.  then read the 
openldap 2.3 systems administrator guide.  then read samba3 by example 
and then the samba howto.

you'll need to use the PADL tools to migrate your /etc/passwd users to 
ldap.  just google search on how to use the PADL tools, there are plenty 
of resources.  once you can get linux shell users to log in, start on 
the samba part. 

create a test system with some spare PCs or VMWare or Microsoft Virtual 
PC 2007.

Josir Gomes wrote:
> Hi folks,
> I have a small network running Samba 3.0.2 / Mandrake - everything is
> working fine with all winXP and 98 stations happy :)
> As a lot of users depends on this server, I want to install a BDC server in
> order to have a backup server.
> The SAMBA3-HowTo suggests that the best way is to install a LDAP
> authentication but my current authentication is smbpasswd.
> As I can't do those changes on the production server, risking my current
> installation, what is the best strategy to install a new server and import
> my current user/group configs?
> Thanks in advance,
> Josir Gomes

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