[Samba] file server or member server?

Gaiseric Vandal gaiseric.vandal at gmail.com
Mon Jul 1 07:59:47 MDT 2013

On a very general level ,   a member server is joined to the domain so 
that it can use the domain accounts.        A member server is typically 
a file server but does not have to be (you could be using it as a web 
server, or application server or even a workstation.)

A domain controller   can be a file server, although in many cases a 
domain controller will only provide authentication and logon 
functions.    It does need to have file shares to provide access to to 
the logon scripts and profile directories used by Windows clients but 
that doesn't really make a a file server.

A server that is not a member server or a domain controller is 
considered to be a standalone server.    These concepts apply to 
Windows/Samba domains whether you are running domains based on Samba 3, 
Samba 4, Windows 200x or Windows NT.

On 07/01/13 04:27, steve wrote:
> Hi everyone
> What's the difference between a file server and a member server?
> I have a 4.0.6 DC which is a file server for sysvol. I also have a 4.0.6
> file server for the other folders which go out to the clients.
> Do I have a member server? Or is a member server one upon which all
> files are served from the DC?
> Cheers, Steve

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