[Samba] Suggestions please about what I need.

Ricky Nance ricky.nance at gmail.com
Mon May 12 09:59:18 MDT 2014

ADUC is part of the RSAT tools, you can easily manage users with it.
The AD DC in my opinion is by far the better way to go as you will
also get full dns integration and group policy by default. However,
you can also setup a multi master setup so you can have multiple DC's
(a failover if you will).  I think many people would agree that there
just isn't that much documentation (outside of the wiki) for samba 4,
but when you are searching for a solution, you can use AD DC or
Windows Server in the search and usually find the answer you need.
Again this is just my opinion.


On Mon, May 12, 2014 at 10:46 AM, Steve Campbell <campbell at cnpapers.com> wrote:
> 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
> 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?
> steve
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