[Samba] Problem achieving manual synchronisation of idmap.ldb and the associated User and Group ID mappings between two Samba 4 AD DCs

Stephen stephen at ogdenradar.com
Tue Mar 26 13:08:25 UTC 2019

Go on, I give in, what is wrong with the official Samba documentation?

Off the top of my head:
1) Your (ie Samba project) docs are structured a little poorly and 
actually pretty hard to follow - eg a single article describes setting 
up Samba both with SAMBA_INTERNAL and BIND which is confusing. Two 
separate articles, one on each topic would be better!

2) Despite being the official documentation its not free of errors, as I 
have just demonstrated. There were two missing essential steps in the 
tutorial to add a backup DC to a domain and this is a very fundamental 
Samba task. Its like the seconds step in setting up a basic Samba setup.

3) They lacks the clear straightforward step by step approach of 
TechMint with screenshots and similar?

4) In practice this means that non-experts cannot / wont be able to use 
Samba, even for basic tasks as I am trying to do here. People less 
determined than me will give up,
and I am basically dependent upon this (awesome, thanks everyone) 
mailing list and its support.

5) You need to get one person to write the docs. Another person should 
then separately *verify* the instructions that are given to avoid simple 

To be absolutely clear - I am trying to be constructive here and 
genunely offer suggestions for improvement. The last thing I want to do 
is insult you and the other Samba devotees and your heroic efforts here 
on this list Rowland.
At the same time quite a few of the the questions that are asked relate 
to pretty basic stuff that wouldn't arise were the official docs clearer 

I know you are all volunteers, time is precious, but I think a little 
bit more up front work on the docs would payoff in the long run and help 
reduce mailing list traffic significantly.

Stephen Ellwood

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