[Samba] Suggestions please about what I need.

Rowland Penny rowlandpenny at googlemail.com
Mon May 12 10:00:03 MDT 2014

On 12/05/14 16:46, Steve Campbell 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
Hi, please don't use 'Using Samba Third Edition' , it is out of date. I 
read in one of your other posts that you have a windows guy, please 
speak to him about setting up an AD DC, he should know what to do.

Also, when we refer to a PDC on here, we are generally referring  to a 
samba machine running in classic mode as an NT domain controller, this 
is a much different beast from an AD DC, again see your windows guy ;-)

ADUC is part of RSAT.


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