[Samba] Help: justification for Linux PDC vs Windows...

Udo Rader udo.rader at bestsolution.at
Wed Apr 9 21:04:16 GMT 2008

On Wed, 2008-04-09 at 13:40 -0700, JJB wrote:
> Hello,
> My IT department has implemented a samba PDC and now we are taking flack 
> for it. Can anyone help me out with some good justifications for doing 
> it this way vs the Microsoft way? Have a meeting about it in a short 
> while...
> We wanted to do it because Linux is more secure and more stable. But 
> there may be other good reasons and it would be good to know them. Or 
> maybe it would be better to go with the Microsoft solutions?

This is almost a troll question. what is better, beer or whine ... 

But let's try anyway:

* samba is faster (ie. network performance)

* samba deals better with load (scalability)

* samba provides an additional security level by having linux accounts 
  in place

* samba is open source = support for any version of will will continue 
  as long as _you_ resp. your company are willing to support it

* beware that samba PDC == winnt PDC, no ADS PDC yet

* samba let's you control/configure much more things you could ever
  configure in a windows PDC

* all components of a samba PDC are well documented (like openldap etc.)

* samba is - of course - muchmuch cheaper due to the lack of license 

just some initial thoughts ...

For more technical information check the samba HP and/or one of the many
comparisons you will find on the net.

Udo Rader

bestsolution.at EDV Systemhaus GmbH

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