[Samba] Samba embedded device?

Robert Moskowitz rgm at htt-consult.com
Tue Dec 9 18:54:29 MST 2014

On 12/01/2014 08:55 PM, George wrote:
> Hi team!
> At work I have several small branch offices with ~5 PCs each. All PCs are
> member of a Samba4 domain, whose DCs are on the headquarters (linked by
> consumer grade VPNs)
> I want to ship "some small, cheap, reliable and magical device" to each
> branch, in order to provide just 2 things:
> * AD replication
> * File shares
> That't it, period. Nothing fancy.
> Suggestions??? What do you use for this purpose??

I am a low-level user, and have been running an HP SFF with a 1TB sata 
drive and 1TB USB backup drive with ClearOS.  I am moving off this.  I 
have committed to ARM platforms for the power savings.  At this point I 
don't know at all about the performance.  I AM running my mailserver 
(Redsleeve6/Postfix/mysql/spammassasin/clamav/amavis) on a Cubietruck 
and it seems to be handling my mail load.

The Cubieboard2 and Cubietruck both use the Allwinner A20 (1Gb mem/100Mb 
lan vs 2Gb mem/1Gb lan).  Both have sata.  The Wandboard quad is $40 
more than the CT, but a quad cpu (vs duo).

A number of linuxes are available for the various armv7 boards.  The 
armv8s (64bit) are now coming out, but still pricey for my budget.

But going from 70-90w with the SFF to 2-3w for the arm system is VERY 

If you REALLY want a Samba appliance you really have to focus on ARM.  

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