[Samba] let NT domain "fade out" ?

Rowland Penny rpenny at samba.org
Fri Sep 14 09:22:25 UTC 2018

On Fri, 14 Sep 2018 10:52:16 +0200
"Stefan G. Weichinger via samba" <samba at lists.samba.org> wrote:

> another special situation ;-)
> old server at customer runs samba-4.5.15 (not that relevant for my 
> questions but while I am at it ...) and is a "classic PDC" -> NT4
> based
> Yes, I know, I should upgrade/migrate that domain to ADS.
> But that customer basically does not have financial power ;-) and I
> wait for my money for months every time I write an invoice.
> So I want to avoid additional work ... at least where I can.
> I assume we will hit the wall as soon as Microsoft does some more 
> changes to Windows sooner or later.
> I wonder what happens if I then remove the PDC ... ? Turn it off, set
> up a standalone server ...
> We talk about 2 or 3 users there right now.
> Another option might be to create a new ADS domain on the 2nd
> fileserver (I prepare a debian-based server already) and bite the
> bullet and join the machines there and recreate their profiles.
> (I can't remember right now if they run Win7 or Win10, got to check
> that)
> dunno.
> opinions?
> regards, Stefan

If there are only 2 or 3 users, then even a PDC is over the top ;-)
Just turn it into a standalone server and run a workgroup. Okay, you
will have to create all the users on the machine (if you want them to
own files & folders), but, for 2 or 3 users, this isn't going to be

Oh and while you are at it, upgrade everything ;-)


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