[Samba] Joining a domain

Chris Stankevitz chrisstankevitz at gmail.com
Thu Mar 12 10:46:55 MDT 2015

On Thu, Mar 12, 2015 at 2:25 AM, Rowland Penny
<rowlandpenny at googlemail.com> wrote:
>> By "and family" I was conceding that I do not know what software it is
>> that is requires domain join.  Maybe it's samba or windbindd or
>> something else.  I can see already your response "no software requires
>> that you join a domain -- that is a personal decision up to a human
>> and not up to a computer." Which brings us back to my original
>> question number 1 above.
> You do not need to use samba if all your other clients are Unix based, you
> could use NFS, but if you have windows clients then you have to use
> something like samba (there are others available). Winbindd is part of
> samba, but it doesn't have to be used, you could use sssd or nlscd instead,
> but as this is a samba mailing list we will stick to recommending winbindd.

Thank you.  In my scenario (which I called "Scenario A") I want samba
client to supply windows AD usernames and passwords to the samba
server.  So I believe in my case samba use is warranted (I understand
that much).

I was not making a comment about winbindd being an inadequate or
inappropriate piece of software -- quite the contrary I have no idea
what it does, or what is sssd or nlscd or even nsswitch or pam or ldap
or nis or wins or netbios ... it's all just alphabet soup to me.  I
would love to learn what they are and am happy to spend a day reading
a book but I'm not sure which book it is I need to read.


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