[Samba] Replacing a Samba 3.0 Domain controller

Viktor Trojanovic viktor at troja.ch
Fri Jan 29 15:18:52 UTC 2016

On 29.01.2016 15:50, Frank Thynne wrote:
> For many months I've been trying to replace a Samba 3.0 Domain Controller with a version that will support Windows 7.
> Despite advice on Samba HOWTO that all supported versions will support Windows 7 there seems to be an unstated caveat, namely that it must be configured as an Active Directory Domain Controller. Microsoft's own advice is that Windows 7 will not work with a Windows NT domain controller and is not intended to do so.
> By itself, that would not be an obstacle, but there another (stated) caveat that running AD and file sharing on the same computer is not recommended. That means that the single server configuration that has run trouble-free for ten years cannot be so simply replaced.
> Before I embark on a two-server configuration I'd welcome opinions on this matter. In theory I suppose I could run two Virtual Servers on one computer, but that looks like a high-risk approach.
My 0.02$ on this: If you were not worried about running authentication 
services (DC) and file sharing on one server, why would you be worried 
about two virtual instances on the same server? If the server goes down, 
all goes down - in both cases. I don't see the bigger risk. On the 
opposite, if your server really should go down, a VM is so much easier 
and quicker to restore.

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