[Samba] Advice for W2K migration to samba

Marcello Romani mromani at ottotecnica.com
Fri Mar 4 02:47:51 MST 2011

Il 04/03/2011 05:43, Andrew Bartlett ha scritto:
> On Thu, 2011-03-03 at 09:17 +0100, Marcello Romani wrote:
>> Hallo,
>>       I'm running a W2K AD network with about 20 clients (mostly Windows
>> XP machines, some Ubuntu 10.04 clients). I also have a couple of samba
>> servers (debian 5) which are joined to the domain.
>> I need to upgrade from W2K to something which is not EOL.
>> The AD server is also a print server for the domain.
>> I only have about 20 user accounts, so recreating them from scratch
>> would be not a big problem.
>> Also, the user profiles are not stored on the server (no roaming profiles).
>> I read samba4 is still in alpha stage (alpha14 is listed on the wiki),
>> but in terms of functionality provided is would the best replacement for
>> my AD server.
>> I would be glad to hear from someone who has done the switch from W2K AD
>> to samba3 or samba4. Also, any advice or success/failure stories in
>> similar setups would be great.
>> Thanks in advance.
> This (Windows 2000 ->  Samba4) certainly has been made to work, multiple
> times.  Those successful migrations that I know of were via Windows 2003
> due to an odd Kerberos interop issue between Samba4 and Windows 2000.
> Andrew Bartlett

     thanks for your response. Now that you mention it, I remember 
having read something about the need to pass through 2K3 to land on 
samba4. I'll investigate that detail (obviously I'd prefer to avoid 
setting up a 2K3 server just to migrate...)
Would you then recommend going to samba4 instead of the (apparently) 
more stable samba3 (samba4 being alpha as of today ?).

Thanks again.

Marcello Romani

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