[Samba] Samba 4.0 alpha releases in production environments

Andrew Bartlett abartlet at samba.org
Mon Apr 6 04:43:05 GMT 2009

On Mon, 2009-03-09 at 09:00 -0400, Eric Feldhusen wrote:
> Just curious, is anyone using Samba 4.0 alpha releases in a production
> environment and how is it working for you?
> I run an environment of about 500+ Windows XP on a Netware environment
> and have considerable Samba 3.0 experience, but I'd like to use GPO's to
> control and clean up a lot of previous tech support problems.

The next alpha release should be much more suitable for a large
deployment, because we will support the full schema out of the box, and
have fixed some nasty issues around UID switching.  Look out for it
before SambaXP this year.

I have one (secret) production site, where things seem to have been
working pretty well.  Using the patched NTPd is critical, as otherwise
the clients can't keep good time sync. 

For an installation of that size, it will be important to use the
OpenLDAP backend to enable replication.  Naturally, testing will be the
biggest task, as while I will do what I can to help our production
sites, I can't do everything.

Andrew Bartlett

Andrew Bartlett                                http://samba.org/~abartlet/
Authentication Developer, Samba Team           http://samba.org
Samba Developer, Red Hat Inc.                  http://redhat.com

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