[Samba] Samba 3.6.23, Windows Server 2012 R2 AD Environment

Rowland penny rpenny at samba.org
Sat Sep 21 07:05:41 UTC 2019

On 21/09/2019 01:56, Bob Wyatt via samba wrote:
> I know it's an old release, and my apologies for wasting anyone's time.
> I've been asked about an older version of AIX 7.1 with Samba 3.6.23
> installed.
So they want to continue using something that relies on SMBv1, how secure.
> The requestor is moving to a Windows Server 2012 R2 domain.
How are they planning to do this ? I thought you couldn't buy 2012R2 any 
> They want AIX/Samba 3.6.23 to be a domain member, using the 2012 R2 AD to
> authenticate users to access Samba shares on the AIX server.
> This is the way it's working today at a 2003 functional level.
> Will 3.6.23 work this way with 2012 R2, or is an upgrade into the 4.X family
> mandated?
Possibly, just don't ask here for help doing this, 3.6.x is dead, it is 
insecure (lots of unfixed bugs, that will not be fixed).
> The requestor is upgrade-wary, so if they can stay at 3.6.23, that's the way
> they want to go.
If this is a customer, my advice would be to tell them to upgrade 
everything and then keep it up to date. If they have a data loss, it 
will cost them more than the cost of upgrading. If they will not 
upgrade, I would just walk away, you cannot afford to be dragged into 
any possible data loss fall out. If there is a data loss, they will 
blame you!


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