[Samba] Windows 8 Pro no domain logon possible

Roland Schwingel roland.schwingel at onevision.com
Fri Sep 21 03:10:56 MDT 2012

Hi Andrew...

Andrew Bartlett <abartlet at samba.org> wrote on 20.09.2012 19:56:30:
 > >  > No, it is not possible to use another LDAP server instead of 
Samba 4's
 > >  > built-in LDAP implementation.  At one point there was support for
 > >  > this, but as far as I understand it, it is not technically 
possible to
 > >  > make it work properly and the support was removed/deprecated.
 > > This is bad. Is it really expected to migrate over all data which is
 > > most likely present in companies current LDAP solutions to the samba
 > > ldap? Can samba ldap fullfill all needs here (eg. rock solid life
 > > replication and general purpose usage?). I would very much appreciate
 > > the possibility of being able to not use the embedded ldap. This would
 > > very much reduce the effort of moving from samba3 to 4 in existing 
 > > environments.
 > We spent considerable effort over a period of years in attempting to
 > make this possible.  It is not.  Even if it was, it would not involve
 > 'simply' reading the companies LDAP server, it would be a very intrusive
 > change no more acceptable than using our own built-in LDAP server.
Hmmm... I see...

This will very much complicate migration from samba 3 to 4 if you are
having an existing infrastructure. We use our LDAP for 
users,groups,dns,dhcp,networks and a lot of other things. So you say if 
one wants to use samba 4 (s)he has to move fully over to the ldap of 
samba4 and abandon the current infrastructure? This is quite a burden 
and will take many months. So it won't happen here in a forseable time 
even samba 4 would be released today as a final stable version. I 
believe I am not the only one having these concerns. Don't get me wrong, 
I would love to get AD support but the road from an at present well 
working (beside of windows 8 yet) domain infrastructure for windows 
hosts and seamless integration of linux and Mac OS hosts to samba 4 
based AD appears to become very long and hard. I hope you will maintain 
samba 3 for a longer time (including windows 8 support).

Thanks for your reply,


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