[Samba] Apple Mac OS X Lion and Samba PDC

Andrew McNaughton andrew at nleducation.org.uk
Tue Apr 19 03:42:57 MDT 2011

Apologies if this has been discussed before I've just gotten around to

Those who have an Apple Mac Dev account may already be aware that Apple
has withdrawn Samba from its next major OS release due out later this

This leaves a certain segment of the market who used the PDC functionality
unable to upgrade or being forced on to Active Directory in order to
support Windows logons.

I fully understand why this is happening.

What I'm wondering is has there been any talk about either Samba directly
picking up this gauntlet or anyone else Mac-friendly interested in
building Mac OS X Lion-compatible binaries? 

It could be a pretty clever end product. The maker(s) would certainly be
the hero(es) of many an Apple customer who is currently dependent on the
PDC functionality. We ourselves have hundreds of servers which support
Windows logons thanks to the Samba integrated into Mac OS X Server. I wish
I had the skills (and time) myself to implement it. It would need a fairly
basic GUI and integration with Apple's Open Directory. At last we'd have
Windows 7 support!

Andrew McNaughton
ICT Network Support Officer
Learning & Leisure Services
North Lanarkshire Council

Towers Road, Airdrie, North Lanarkshire ML6 8PG
email: andrew at nleducation.org.uk

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