[Samba] file server or member server?
gaiseric.vandal at gmail.com
Mon Jul 1 16:23:53 MDT 2013
Good explanation. Better than mine.
I tend to think of the roaming profiles as part of the logon experience,
since they sync with your computer when you logon. Actually, I found
roaming profiles to be more trouble than they were worth so I don't use
On 07/01/13 17:36, Jonathan Buzzard wrote:
> On 01/07/13 19:56, steve wrote:
>> Yes. We take stand alone machines and network them by adding a DC and
>> what we call a file server. What I'd like to know is why some guys here
>> call what seems to be what we call a file server, a member server. I
>> feel we're missing out on something.
> In both NT4 style and AD domains you have servers called domain
> servers that serve identification information and provide
> authentication services. These servers may also do other things such
> as serve files, but it is the identification and authentication
> services that make them domain servers. Any server providing
> identification and authentication services is a domain server
> regardless of anything else it does.
> You can then have other servers, such as file servers, print servers,
> web servers etc. that are joined to the domain, and thus you can use
> your domain credentials to authenticate to these servers, in the case
> of an AD domain using the Kerberos ticket you got when you logged onto
> your workstation. However crucially they don't provide identification
> or authentication services. These servers are called member servers.
> With larger domains it makes sense to separate out your file and print
> servers from your domain servers, so that the domain servers are
> effectively only providing the identification and authentication
> services and your file and print services are handed off to dedicated
> machines for the task. There is no way a domain server is going to
> cope at a large University for example with tens of thousands of users.
> This however is very basic Windows domain terminology/knowledge which
> I would expect anyone offering advice on Samba to fully understand first.
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