[Samba] Samba4 using existing DNS and LDAP

Olivier Nicole Olivier.Nicole at cs.ait.ac.th
Tue Aug 6 03:08:01 MDT 2013


I have been using Samba3 (and 2) for years, with an openLDAP backend for
authentication. This is working fine, my directory includes a number of
local settings for my specific needs.

Now I would like to move to Samba4.

I understand that Samba4 comes with its own DNS and LDAP servers.

By provisioning Samba4 with --dns-backend=NONE and including the
necessary to my existing DNS zone, is that enough to get rid of the DNS
server included with Samba4? What kind of updates does Samba need to
perform to DNS? The one at the provisioning and the machine name that
join the domain (this is already taken care of by DHCP). Is there
anything I oversee?

Now regarding LDAP, is there a way to tell Samba to replicate the
directory from my existing openLDAP?

Best regards,



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