[Samba] Some questions about Samba as a DC.

Rowland penny rpenny at samba.org
Mon Apr 26 18:47:25 UTC 2021

On 26/04/2021 19:30, Jason Long via samba wrote:
> Hello,
> I want to use Samba as a DC on the Fedora Server and I have some questions:
> 1- Could Samba act like a DNS Server?

It already does.

>   If yes, then could it provide all features of the Windows DNS service?

As far as I am aware, it does provide the same features as a Win DC and 
can be managed from Windows.

> 2- For an internal network, is Samba DNS enough to provide DNS service or BIND is better?

AD dns is designed to provide dns to the AD domain, anything outside the 
AD domain should be forwarded to an external dns server. If you already 
have an existing dns server, then your clients can still use this dns 
server, provided it forwards all dns searches for the AD domain to a dns 
server on a DC. Best practice, if you have an existing registered dns 
domain, for instance: example.com , is to use a subdomain of that e.g. 

There are pro's and con's of using either dns server, the internal 
server is easier to set up, but Bind9 is more robust and seems to be 
better for multiple DC's



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