[Samba] AD howtos: LDAP needed?

degbert degbert degbert42 at gmail.com
Fri Nov 7 15:06:37 GMT 2008

>> My understanding is AD was/is MS's implementation of LDAP.
>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Active_directory . AD added stuff on top of the
>> base standard to support "group policies". Essentially MS made an LDAP
>> object structure for Windows networks, that obviously, windows clients know
>> what the objects in the LDAP mean and so display them properly in Network
>> Places or whatever.
>> On Nov 7, 2008, at 12:17 PM, degbert degbert wrote:
>>> Hello,
>>> Sorry for two messages, but I thought it would make more sense to use one
>>> message per question.
>>> Why do so many (but not all) AD howtos mention LDAP? Without configuring
>>> LDAP I can use getent passwd or getent group to see the users in the AD.
>>> Is there a benefit to also editing nsswitch to query LDAP?
>>> Degbert.

So there is no advantage to adding ldap to the mix? Excellent, I hoped
that was the answer :)

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