[Samba] Suggestions please about what I need.

Steve Campbell campbell at cnpapers.com
Mon May 12 09:46:17 MDT 2014

On 5/12/2014 11:37 AM, Rowland Penny wrote:
> 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
> Rowland

I've read most on that page. It makes sense if I don't drift to other 
pages describing other methods. "Using Samba Third Edition" makes sense, 
though, if you don't read more than one chapter.

Is ADUC the same as RSAT?


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