[Samba] Q: Samba4 AD DC & small office file sharing

Rowland Penny rpenny at samba.org
Sat May 26 13:47:24 UTC 2018

On Sat, 26 May 2018 09:21:01 -0400
Marco Shmerykowsky via samba <samba at lists.samba.org> wrote:

> In lieu of virtualization, I wouldn't be opposed to some
> small, inexpensive appliance type device (sort of like
> the Netgate firewalls that run pfsense).
> I came across the MintBox Mini Pro
> (http://www.fit-pc.com/web/products/mintbox/mintbox-mini-pro/)
> Any experience or alternate suggestions?

Yes, just about any 64bit computer on the planet.

I know the wikipage says it isn't recommended to use a DC as
fileserver, but I have never understood why. Every DC is used as a
fileserver, what do you think 'sysvol' & 'netlogon' are ? Yes, they
are shares serving files aka 'fileserver', anybody want to argue this ?

If you read further down the page, you will find this:


Where it gives an example of a problem you might have, the only problem
is, if you only have windows clients, it probably is a benefit rather
than a problem and you can use this set up on Linux.


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