[Samba] Samba 4 documentation hard to find.

Marc Muehlfeld samba at marc-muehlfeld.de
Mon Feb 10 14:25:10 MST 2014

Hello Thomas,

Am 10.02.2014 22:09, schrieb Thomas Schulz:
> There must be something that I am missing here.
> We have been running Samba 3.6.18 and I decided that it was time to check
> out Samba 4.1.4. Now that I have it, what do I do with it? I have found the
> man pages, but I was expecting that there would be some overview available
> somewhere.

What kind of documentation are you looking for? A good place to start is 
the Samba Wiki: https://wiki.samba.org

If you miss something, please be more specific, what you're looking for.

 > The first question that I could not find an answer for was what
> directory do I put the smb.conf file in.

If you have compiled Samba with the same configure options than your old 
version, then the smb.conf file goes exactly to the same place. If you 
had told configure to place it somewhere else, then you'll have to place 
it there. If you use RPMs, you should have a look at the documentation 
where you got the package from.

 > I found the answer to that by
> using the strings command on all of the shared libraries and greping for
> smb.conf. So I put it in etc and started smbd and nmbd the way I did for
>Samba 3. That works.

If you don't migrate your NT4-style Samba domain to a Samba AD, then 4.0 
is just the next release after 3.6. You update, like you in the past.

 > But the samba program also provides file services.
> Does it do exactly the same things that smbd and nmbd do for sharing files?

No. You only require the 'samba' binary, if your Samba installation is 
an AD DC. There you only start the 'samba' binary, which starts smbd as 
child processes.

For a classic NT4 domain you only need smbd and nmbd on your PDC.

> And I would like to have a backup domain controler for our Windows domain
> controler. Where do I start?

BDC for a NT4 domain? There are many HowTos on the internet.

When you migrate to Samba AD, there are HowTos in the Wiki for setting 
up DCs and joining other machines as DC to your AD.


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