[Samba] Distribution to choose

Tim lists at kiuni.de
Sun Jan 25 04:45:11 MST 2015

I know about all these questions.

So my question aimed at a discussion about production environments.
I decided for CentOS, because I will mainly concentrate on Samba-related tasks
while the OS should be as stable as possible and long supported. I'm coming from
debian and debian based systems (ubuntu) so I needed to learn about CentOS.
The last servers based on Windows run for around 7 years and are now switched
off. All W7 clients were migrated to the new (samba) AD. I guess (and hope)
there will be a client migration to a new windows version before I need to
change hardware of servers or reinstall these.

So my servers are dedicated ones and should run for years. However, security is
important but fixes should be proven to be stable and not bleeding edge in a
production environment - in my eyes. There always should be a good firewall
where the environment is behind. 

For now I don't need Bind because my DNS setup will not be that complex. RedHat
doesn't really support packages for samba-ad because they are working on
replacing heimdall with MIT kerberos. So I am using sernet packages.


> Marc Muehlfeld <mmuehlfeld at samba.org> hat am 25. Januar 2015 um 11:09
> geschrieben:
> Hello Tim,
> Am 25.01.2015 um 10:02 schrieb Tim:
> > I just wanted to ask around what distributions were used for production
> > purposes?
> > 
> > I decided to use CentOS 7. The main reason is because its EOL is in 2024.
> > 
> > What are your reasons to decide for a specific distribution for your
> > production systems?
> I think this is a decission, that should be based on your needs.
> - How long do you require support for the OS?
> - How important is the update frequence for security updates?
> - How important is the age of the OS, shipped software and
>   stability (e. g. Fedora vs. RHEL)?
> - Do you want to have all functions shipped with the OS or
>   compile all/some parts of yourself? Not all Distros can act
>   as a DC with onboard-packages. E. g. BIND on RHEL is compiled with
>   --disable-isc-spnego
> - Do you need support?
> - Which Distro you have most knowledge with?
> - etc.
> Regards,
> Marc

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