[Samba] A good read

Robert Pollard rpollard at drs4drs.com
Wed Jan 30 14:31:30 GMT 2008

>From what I understand of roaming profiles is the only purpose to allow 
users to log into any computer not just their own?  I assume this capability 
will download all of their profile settings no matter where they login?

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Adam Williams" <awilliam at mdah.state.ms.us>
To: "Robert Pollard" <rpollard at drs4drs.com>
Cc: <samba at lists.samba.org>
Sent: Tuesday, January 29, 2008 5:10 PM
Subject: Re: [Samba] A good read

> have you read Samba 3 by Example?  it covers some real world examples, ads 
> joins, etc.
> i think you'd want to use a PDC w/ roaming profiles.  that way you can 
> locate all of your user's data on your server and backup your server 
> instead of a lot of clients.  and you'll definitely want a PDC/BDC setup 
> when you have branch offices.  for host name lookup use dynamic dns dhcp. 
> there's plenty of howtos on how to set that up too, but I can send you my 
> configs too.
> Robert Pollard wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I have been reading the older O'Reilly book on Samba.  This book explains 
>> in general the concept of NetBIOS and some other related areas.
>> Do you have any recommendations as to what is available to read that will 
>> take me through the world of Windows networking?  I am sitting here 
>> reading these messages and see things like "requires a flat namespace to 
>> function" or "dfs stub server" or "I then bind Samba domain members using 
>> 'net ads join -U domain_admin_login'" and I'm am at a loss as to what 
>> they are talking about.
>> I have read up on how to setup Samba as a PDC but I don't know why I 
>> would ever want to.  Even if I had enough users in our network I still 
>> don't believe there would be any purpose for it.  I am leaning more 
>> towards using using LDAP for authentication.  I would also like to use 
>> for host name lookup and some other odds and ends.
>> Is there something out there that would take me by the hand and lead me 
>> through the decision making process of what to use and when to use it, 
>> how to set it up and trouble-shoot it and maybe some other relevant 
>> information that would be needed?
>> I want to know more about Windows networking but also how to use the best 
>> tools available for what makes sense now and in the future.
>> Thanks,
>> Robert

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