[Samba] Is there any book about Samba 4?

Pablo Sanz psf at empre.es
Fri May 23 10:24:57 MDT 2014

Marc, thanks for your helpfull response.

We are using Samba 3.6.9-167 on a RHEL 6.0 x64.

First we planned to do a "clean" Samba 4 installation on a VM, but now 
we see is better to simulate the upgrade on a VM directly. Moreover, the 
current samba 3 PDC server is on a VM, so we can clone that VM directly, 
put on a test network environment, separate from production environment, 
and begin the test-fail-test-success process ;-)


Pablo Sanz.

El 23/05/2014 17:52, Marc Muehlfeld escribió:
> Hello Pablo,
> Am 23.05.2014 15:48, schrieb Pablo Sanz:
>> We have never used a Windows as
>> AD, and now, that many applications require AD, we decided to implement
>> Samba 4 as AD server. We will migrate from Samba 3 PDC to Samba 4 AD.
> Ok. Now we know: It's a migration and not just a simple Samba 3 PDC to
> Samba 4 PDC update. :-)
> What version are you currently running on your PDC? 3.6.x?
>> With your answers, and some reading of the samba wiki, we see that Samba
>> 4, from implementation perspective, is documented in the wiki, and for
>> admin use (after implementation) it works exactly the same as a Windows
>> AD, right?
> It should. If not, then you hit a bug (or a missing feature) ;-)
> In that case, you should file a bug report.
>> And we can use the same windows admin tools?
> Yes. The Samba tool for administering AD is "samba-tool". But currently
> there is not everything fully implemented. But Samba moves more into the
> direction, that the administration gets fully Windows compatible. This
> means, that you can use the Windows tools for that job. Install RSAT on
> a Windows Workstation or VM:
> https://wiki.samba.org/index.php/Installing_RSAT_on_Windows_for_AD_Management
>> If I undertood well, Samba 4 AD differs from Samba 3 PDC only as user
>> directory, and new functions, as GPO, but for file/printer sharing is
>> almost the same?
> It's a bit more. :-) A Samba PDC and Samba AD differs the same like an
> MS NT4 PDC and Windows AD. The backend is completely different. AD
> relies extremely on DNS. The management differs. And AD provides you
> many more possibilities, like GPO, multi DC replication, etc.
> But many things haven't changed and existing stuff like printer sharing,
> etc. don't need to be changed on your existing servers. Your Member
> Servers may just need a few configuration changes (realm, etc.).
> What I would recommend is: Copy your PDC (LDAP/tdbsam, configs, etc.) to
> a VM and try the migration there. Find out if every migrates smoothly.
> Add a second VM where you copy the config/databases of e. g. a Member
> Server/Print Server and check if everything works fine. 1000 users isn't
> a small installation and surely you have other services authenticating
> against your current PDC, which need to be adapted as well.
> If you have any problems/questions, have a look at the Wiki HowTos. And
> if not answered there, just come back and ask here on the list.
>> Knowing this, we will follow your recommendations, and search for a good
>> AD/GPO course and documentation.
> I would suggest to buy a book about AD - even if not everything is might
> be interesting (like installing a Windows server, etc). But it's good
> for a first understanding what AD is, how it works, what it can do, etc.
> I took a "Windows AD - best practice" training last year, what was very
> helpful, because as a Linux/Samba Admin, I had a lot to
> learn/understand, because I never worked with AD before. But a good book
> about AD might be a good start. :-)
> Regards,
> Marc


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