[Samba] Suggestions please about what I need.

Stéphane PURNELLE stephane.purnelle at corman.be
Mon May 12 09:24:52 MDT 2014

Stéphane PURNELLE                         Admin. Systèmes et Réseaux 
Service Informatique       Corman S.A.           Tel : 00 32 (0)87/342467

samba-bounces at lists.samba.org wrote on 12/05/2014 14:33:36:

> De : Steve Campbell <campbell at cnpapers.com>
> A : samba at lists.samba.org, 
> Date : 12/05/2014 14:47
> Objet : [Samba] Suggestions please about what I need.
> Envoyé par : samba-bounces at lists.samba.org
> I hate to use that "noob" word, but in this case I think it might be 
> proper.
> Our company is getting ready to get rid of Netware and start using 
> Samba. It will require that users log in and by doing so, have a login 
> script map drives to particular drive letters base on either their user 
> or group.

Samba can do this

> I've been administering Centos servers for quite a while. I have no 
> problem with managing the Linux servers, but Samba appears to be a 
> completely unique subject on its own, much like Sendmail, etc. I've read 

> "Using Samba", and about anything else I can get my hands on, including 
> as much of the "Howto" matter on the Samba site. I still have no idea 
> how complex of a setup I need (AD or not, things like that). I don't 
> think we'll be doing things like installing licensed software from the 
> server, mostly just as I stated above.
> For now, I'm fairly certain I'll use the Sernet installation. I'll be 
> retiring soon, and I want to make things as easy as possible for 
> whomever takes over. It'd be great if whatever I end up with has some 
> form of GUI for managing users, groups, and shares, but not necessary. 
> The person managing our Netware will be the one assuming this Samba 
> responsibilty. No Linux experience, so the Gui would make it nice as 
> they learn the ropes of LInux.
> I'm looking for suggestions here for what level of installation I need. 
> I'm sure once I get something installed, I can determine if it's the 
> right way or not. Starting over is not off the table, but it'd be nice 
> to get a clue before starting. Seems the more I read, the more confused 
> I get. So much to Samba and the way it can be set up. I'm not much of a 
> Windows server admin, which is perhaps the biggest problem.

Now, it depend what you want to do.
Just a file-server ? 

Do you want a have a DC (Active Directory) or a PDC (NT4-Domain) too ?

If you need a good and easy tools for monitoring samba service and data 
replication, you can look LifeKeeper.

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