[Samba] Windows 2012 server as a member?

Robert Wooden bob at donelsontrophy.com
Sat May 4 21:15:21 UTC 2019


It has been suggested that the program can run on W10 dedicated
workstation. Acting as a Access database server. That statement gave me the
idea that why could it not just be W2012 server and IT be the workstation
OS. (But, they also said it is more efficient on W2012.) I am still
weighing my options.


Your statement backs up the information that I am "gleaning" from various
sources that W2012/W2016 Server (Essentials) CAN be  joined as a
workstation OS machine. AND I do NOT want it to be my domain controller. It
being an expense experiment (OS $$), I like to dig up information, read
about others experiences and ask question before I spend my hard earned
$$'s. Thanks for confirming I am understanding correctly what I am reading.

On Sat, May 4, 2019 at 3:01 PM Kacper Wirski via samba <
samba at lists.samba.org> wrote:

> You can add windows server 2012 to samba 4 domain as a domain member
> (without AD DC role) without any issues. I myself have added multiple
> windows 2012, 2012r2 and 2016 member servers without any issues. And,
> what's important, You actually DON'T want to make them DC, because of
> what Rowland just wrote.
> Regards,
> Kacper.
> W dniu 04.05.2019 o 20:19, Rowland Penny via samba pisze:
> > On Sat, 4 May 2019 13:06:43 -0500
> > Robert Wooden via samba <samba at lists.samba.org> wrote:
> >
> >> It has become necessary to have a W2012 server on my local lan.
> >>
> >> I have an existing Samba 4 (Ubuntu) domain with two controllers, a
> >> (Ubuntu) member server and a few W10 workstations.
> >>
> >> If I am reading the wiki correctly "Joining a Windows Client or
> >> Server to a Domain" page indicates Windows clients or "servers" and
> >> the "server" portion of the lists include W2012. Now, I see no reason
> >> why this "server" cannot act in a similar manner as my Ubuntu member
> >> server, as a client joined to the domain to share the file access
> >> needed? (The need comes because the preparatory program needed runs
> >> on Windows Access Database. Access being the database program part of
> >> "Office" and as current versions of "Office" may not run well on WINE
> >> then, I need a Windows 2012 Server machine.)
> >>
> >> So, am I incorrect and this machine will need to be a domain
> >> controller? Or, can, like I am wanting to do, simply it be joined to
> >> the domain as a member server only? (I'll repeat here that I do not
> >> want to use W2012 as a domain controller only as member server. )
> >>
> >> Am I wrong or is it a necessity that 2012 HAS to be joined as a domain
> >> controller?
> >>
> >> Thoughts or questions?
> > The problem with 2012 is as a DC, the schema  is not yet fully
> > supported, but if you you joined it as a domain member, this will
> > probably work, but why use a Server ?
> > Will the software you require install and run on Win10 ?
> >
> > Rowland
> >
> >
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Thank you.

Bob Wooden

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