[Samba] [Slightly OT] Mac and Samba

James Peach jorgar at gmail.com
Wed May 21 15:38:49 GMT 2008

2008/5/21 Rubin Bennett <rbennett at thatitguy.com>:
> Hello all...
> I have a question that is outside the realm of my experience but that
> has come up several times recently.
> I have a mixed network (some Macs, some PCs) that needs a server.  I'm
> going through the standard process of deciding between Samba and a
> Windows domain controller, my strong preference being to install
> Linux/Samba server.

The Mac won't join to a Samba (NT4-style) domain, only to an Active
Directory domain.

> The sticking point seems to be that the Mac users
> need to be able to run Access and Quickbooks, recent versions, neither
> of which are ported to the Mac as I understand it.

You could run these under Parallels or VMware Fusion.

> So my question is this:  When faced with this situation, what do folks
> out there do?  Install a Terminal server of some flavor (out of reach
> for this tiny non-profit)?  Or is there some simple thing I could do
> that would bridge the gap in a cost effective and reasonably easy to
> administer way?
> Thanks very much in advance,
> Rubin
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