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

mikel king mikel.king at olivent.com
Mon Jan 9 09:18:38 MST 2012

On Jan 9, 2012, at 10:48 AM, Adam Tauno Williams wrote:

> 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.

Thanks Adam,

I really appreciate the response. I am reading the docs on s4 now. Are there any gotchas that I should be on the look out for?


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