[Samba] Standalone Samba in a Win2008 DC environment, transition to samba

Marc Muehlfeld mmuehlfeld at samba.org
Thu Mar 9 19:39:35 UTC 2017


Am 08.03.2017 um 23:17 schrieb Lin Pro via samba:
> Questions:
> 1. Can Samba 4.5 "standalone" be started temporarily in parallel with
> Win DC so that workstations can "see" it and copy files to the samba
> server? (there are no plans to join the Win DC domain with samba
> standalone).

Not just temporarily. You can have multiple standalone servers, AD DCs, 
NT domains, and clients in the same network, as long as all host and 
domain names are unique.

Of course you can access hosts outside your domain, too. As long as the 
user an account on the host or in the foreign domain. Guest access 
without authentication is of course also possible, if configured.

Of course, the user in your domain is in the background different to the 
user on the standalone host. This means, if you change your password in 
the domain, the one on the standalone host is still the same. And users 
are only able to change the password from Windows in the domain they are 
part of.

> 2. The workstations are a mix of windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10. Wil they
> "see" the standalone server while still being under the Win DC
> control?

Sure. See question 1.

> 3. Do the workstations have to somehow "leave" the Windows AD DC first
> in order to start using the standalone samba server? If yes then how
> one does do that?

No. Just access/map the share using an Samba account that exists on the 
standalone host (if you don't allow anonymous access).

You can access/map the share the usual way: \\server\share


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