[Samba] Problems building FreeBSD file server

John Hixson john at ixsystems.com
Tue Feb 25 13:54:41 MST 2014

On 02/25/2014 12:48, Doug Meredith wrote:
> I have Googled my brains out without success, and I'm hoping that someone
> here can give me some tips.  I'm trying to build a new file server, and
> I've concluded that ZFS is the technology that I want to use.  After doing
> some research I settled on FreeBSD 10 as the platform to provide it.
> I have an existing AD domain (two Samba 4.1.4 DCs running on Debian) and
> the file server will be a member server.
> Requirements:
>     - Use AD for authentication
>     - Full Windows ACL support with the ability to manage permissions from
>     Windows
>     - All shares will be on ZFS
> I have spent a great deal of time trying to set this up using the samba41
> package, and I've had numerous problems, which don't even seem to be
> consistent.  When you install the package it informs you that it is still
> considered experimental, so perhaps I have nobody to blame but myself.
> I decided to try the samba36 package, but when I installed it, it said that
> it was compiled without ADS support and that I would need to build from
> source if I wanted that functionality.  Building from source isn't out of
> the question, but I'd prefer not to if I don't have to.
> So, the big question:  Is what I want realistic?  Is this doable and stable?
> What version of Samba should I use?  Where should I get it from?
> I should stress that I am building a new server that will be used for file
> serving and nothing else.  I'm not hung up on the Samba version, so long as
> I get what I need.  I'm not hung up on version 10 of FreeBSD if 9 is a
> better choice.  I'm not even hung up on using FreeBSD if there is a better
> choice.  I briefly considered Solaris, but it doesn't seem to be supported
> as a Hyper-V VM.

Have you considered FreeNAS? http://www.freenas.org

It is FreeBSD 9 based and includes samba 4.

- John
> Any advice, experience or tips would be much appreciated.  Thanks folks.
> Doug

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