[Samba] A set of questions before building a new server
rgm at htt-consult.com
Mon Dec 8 22:37:49 MST 2014
On 12/08/2014 09:11 PM, Robert Moskowitz wrote:
> 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.
As I read more, it seems to be prudent to run the AD controller separate
from the file server. I do not want/need mulitple boxes here, now will
I go into VMs for this. So it looks like staying with NTDomain for me.
Plus stay with what I have some experience with.
> 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.
> thank you
> Now back to reading more on the Wiki and elsewhere
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