[Samba] A set of questions before building a new server
rgm at htt-consult.com
Mon Dec 8 22:11:21 MST 2014
I have a Samba server here with 4 users and 4 XP systems. Kind of
small, but it does the job. It is running as a PDC with roaming
profiles. I should note that I left professionally supporting Windows
networking around the time XP came out, so I have maintained an NTDomain
through a number of incarnations (NT, Win2000, Samba2/3) and use of
someone elses packaging. This time I want to use as direct-to-Samba as
I can. All I want with this server is to be a Samba server to Windows
(and maybe Linux) machines.
I have new hardware, an armv7 board that I can run either Redsleeve 6
(Centos 6 arm port) that has Samba3 or Fedora 21 that has Samba4. I have
new XP systems (updated with 'SP4' and right now standalone) ready to
use this server. I will have to migrate 2 of the old systems. The new
server can be on a new subnet with a new rfc1918 network address. I
will also be serving gobal/static IPv6 addresses on this new network.
At some point I may actually have a new Windows OS system, but there is
no pressure here to do that. My family is so far content with Office 2003!
So a set of questions come up:
Do I migrate from NTDomain to AD, or stay with NTDomain for a few more
years? Actually can be a total fresh build of AD.
Does AD require Samba 4? I have looked at the Wiki, and have not seen
this clearly stated, but that is probably my reading challenges.
Does AD support roaming profiles?
I like that AD has the LDAP built in. But do I still need an LDAP admin
tool for AD?
If I stay with NTDomain, what LDAP tool to use?
As I start building, then rebuilding the new server, I know I will have
more questions. Hopefully most will be on the Wiki, and I will be able
to find them.
Now back to reading more on the Wiki and elsewhere
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