[Samba] Suggestions please about what I need.

Rowland Penny rowlandpenny at googlemail.com
Mon May 12 09:37:39 MDT 2014

On 12/05/14 13:33, Steve Campbell wrote:
> 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.
> 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.
> Thanks for any pointers.
> steve campbell
It sounds to me that you need to use samba 4 running as an AD DC, you 
can then admin this from a windows machine using the windows tools (ADUC 
etc), try browsing the wiki: https://wiki.samba.org/index.php/Main_Page


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