[Samba] Wiki should have Readme First

Davor Vusir davortvusir at gmail.com
Thu Mar 20 05:29:49 MDT 2014

On 2014-03-14 22:23, Andrew Bartlett wrote:
> On Thu, 2014-03-13 at 15:01 +0100, Simon Schneider wrote:
>> Just to get this straight: Apart from the problem with browsing (which will
>> be solved with samba 4.2?) and things like redundancy, server load etc.,
>> from a technical standpoint it is perfectly OK to run Samba 4 AD +
>> Fileserver with the same samba instance?
>> We're a small "company" and cannot afford running two server just for
>> authentication vs file serving, both would be doing nothing most of the
>> time, yet virtualization would kill us probably with not enough memory
>> problems, so can you give a definite yes or no?
> It will be fine.  Just as long as you understand why we recommend
> against it, it will do that task perfectly well.  That much has been
> written and repeated often, so I won't say it again.  (The funny thing
> is that, in some areas it will do 'better', because it runs by default
> in a mode that perfectly preserves windows ACLs, because that it
> required for AD DC operation on sysvol and netlogon).
> I hope we haven't scared you and others too much, but we want to
> emphasise good network architecture as well.
> Andrew Bartlett

One thing that I think is often missing in the debate about Samba 
running as AD DC or file- and printserver or whether it should/could run 
in 'combined' mode is the fact that Samba AD DC, as a MS AD DS emulator, 
has to aim for enterprise functionality. Because Microsoft AD DS and the 
domain controllers housing the directory service is a enterprise product.

But just as Microsoft has had their SBS, now Windows Server Essentials, 
both approaches work - enterprise solution with service separation or an 

Here is my contribution to the Samba wiki; a how-to for a 
SOHO-businesserver. It is somewhat outdated and needs some brushing 
up/TLC and includes references to a authorization software not supported 
by Samba team. Hope its quality is good enough for the wiki: 


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