[Samba] samba 4 for new authentication domain?

Kevin Keane subscription at kkeane.com
Mon Apr 26 22:59:02 MDT 2010

Exactly WHY do you need AD instead of NT domains? Without understanding that, I don't think your question can be answered. In some cases, you can use a stand-alone Kerberos and/or LDAP server. Or conversely, some application you use may require a Microsoft AD server, sometimes even a specific version.

Basically, your tradeoff is between cost and risk. Windows 2008 R2 is all but guaranteed to work no matter what AD issue you throw at it, but it can get expensive, especially if you have many users.

On the other hand, Samba is free, but Samba 4 is pretty unproven at this point.

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> bounces at lists.samba.org] On Behalf Of Morty
> Sent: Monday, April 26, 2010 9:19 PM
> To: samba at lists.samba.org
> Subject: [Samba] samba 4 for new authentication domain?
> The various pages about samba 4 warn about rough edges, upgrade, file
> services, and print services.  I have some domains that have never had
> a Windows domain that now need Windows AD authentication.  I don't
> need file services and print services, and upgrade is not a problem.
> Is samba 4 ready for this use case, or should we still go with
> Microsoft's AD?
> Thanks!
> - Morty
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