[Samba] Hardware decisions

Marc Muehlfeld mmuehlfeld at samba.org
Sat Aug 1 18:01:52 UTC 2015

Hello Jolly,

Am 01.08.2015 um 19:09 schrieb jolly eissucht:
> ... samba 4 primary dc and recommended secondary dc

There are no primary, secondary, etc. in an AD - just DCs.

> I got the following hardware:
> 2 server PCs with the following configuration - they are exactly the
> same Hardware:
> 4 disk drives with 1000gb each (sata), at the moment confugured in raid
> 1, 4gb Ram, about 6 years old
> 1 server PC with 1 disk drive with 100gb (still ide), 1gb Ram, about 10
> years old
> network is max. 100mbit/s...
> Where would you install primary dc, secondary dc and file server? Where
> the backup?

If I count this right, this are 3 servers for 4 purposes (2 DCs, 1
fileserver, 1 backupserver). You should not put your backups on one of
these 3 servers. What if this one gets lost? If it should be really
cheap, put it at least on some external media. For a production
environment you should use an additional host.

Don't expect much CPU usage/IO/network traffic on the DCs. Your network
is quite small, so I'm sure the 1 GB machine is fine for that. However
you should think about putting everything on RAID.

For the fileserver it depents on your needs. Usually you don't require
much RAM in that machines. CPU usage is mostly also low in networks not
transfering all the time hundreds of GB to the host.

Maybe a good questions is: What is the current purpose of this hosts. Or
what hardware are you currently using for the file-/backup server and
for the host controlling your domain (if you have one)?

> Also I' m able to configure samba 4 on debian wheezy. If there are
> special things to consider on debian jessie and you know tutorials I'm
> happy about links.... do you use sernet packages samba 4 on debian
> jessie or just samba 4 that comes with Debian jessie?

I don't know if there's something special about Debian, beside the
package names you have to pre-install, but a good place to start with
documentation in gerneral is:


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