[Samba] samba 4 for new authentication domain?

Andrew Bartlett abartlet at samba.org
Sat May 1 06:44:52 MDT 2010

On Tue, 2010-04-27 at 00:18 -0400, Morty wrote:
> 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?

Samba4 is ready to be used by Administrators who are willing to help
with any rough edges they encounter.  There will be some, but the vast
majority of those who try out Samba4 are actually surprised by how
overstated our warnings were for their actual use case.  Even file
services work well - and are a critical part of group policy and roaming

Have a look at the videos we have recently produced.  We are very much
working on Samba4, but it is also very much working for our users.


Give it a try - particularly if you can put your traditional file-server
and printer roles on a Samba3 member server.  You will quickly find out
what works for you, and what does not. 

Andrew Bartlett

Andrew Bartlett                                http://samba.org/~abartlet/
Authentication Developer, Samba Team           http://samba.org
Samba Developer, Cisco Inc.

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