[Samba] Can Samba + (OpenLDAP & Kerberos) completely replace ActiveDirectory?

Adam Tauno Williams awilliam at whitemice.org
Mon Jan 9 08:48:50 MST 2012

On Mon, 2012-01-09 at 10:47 -0500, mikel king wrote:
> I am sure this pops up on the list ever once in a while. I have
> inherited a LAN that have a large amount of Mac OS X, FreeBSD, Linux
> and of course because bean counters have to use financial apps that
> only run on Windows. My long term goal is to install some sort of
> central management system and really feel that AD is not in my best
> interest considering that 90% of the 300+ computers are not Windows
> based. Unfortunately the 20 or so Windows machines are running mostly
> Win7 and there are some 2k8r2 servers in the mix somewhere. 
> Does anyone know of any good how-to, best practices/guidelines sites or documents?
> Thoughts? Suggestions?

Well, for the question in subject - 
"Can Samba + (OpenLDAP & Kerberos) completely replace ActiveDirectory?"

Emphatically - NO.

At least if your using Samba3.

Use Samba4 and you get Active Directory for free.

System & Network Administrator [ LPI & NCLA ]
OpenGroupware Developer <http://www.opengroupware.us>
Adam Tauno Williams

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