[Samba] Samba/LDAP appliance recommendation

Andrew Bartlett abartlet at samba.org
Thu Sep 20 17:38:21 MDT 2012

On Mon, 2012-09-17 at 04:35 +0800, Jeffrey Chan wrote:
> Hi all,
> What's a good Samba+LDAP appliance these days for a small business?
> Currently I used a stock Ubuntu server and did all Samda/LDAP configuration
> manually. I'm looking for something that can allow my regular staff to use
> as well.
> 1. I tried most of the popular NAS distros, like FreeNAS, NAS4Free,
> OpenmediaVault, etc. Most of these NAS don't have an LDAP server built-in
> 2. I tried Openfiler, ClearOS and Zentyal which do have LDAP server
> built-in but I haven't gotten them to import my existing Samba/LDAP data
> yet. WIP.
> 3. I just discovered Artica NAS Appliance and Univention UCS, will be
> testing them this week. Do you guys know anything about these two distros?
> Sometimes I wonder if I even need LDAP, I migrated to LDAP before only to
> make it a little easier (though not by much) to edit samba account data
> (e.g. SID). I guess I'd like to have centralized authentication as well
> (clients include Windows, Mac OSX and Linux, maybe OpenVPN as well). Is
> there a simpler mode of centralized login operation? Or is LDAP the only
> viable solution?

Samba 4.0 as an AD DC would be a good choice.

Andrew Bartlett

Andrew Bartlett                                http://samba.org/~abartlet/
Authentication Developer, Samba Team           http://samba.org

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