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

steve steve at steve-ss.com
Mon Jan 9 09:47:35 MST 2012

On 01/09/2012 05:18 PM, mikel king wrote:
> 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?
> Cheers,
> Mikel
Samba 4 serves win 7 clients out of the box. Join the domain and you're 
done. The biggest gotcha for us was adding Linux clients. Please let us 
know if you find an easy way.

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