[Samba] Design conflict between samba and NFS

Nico Kadel-Garcia nkadel at gmail.com
Sun Apr 23 14:14:33 UTC 2023

On Sat, Apr 22, 2023 at 11:09 AM Rowland Penny via samba
<samba at lists.samba.org> wrote:
> On 22/04/2023 15:51, Sac Isilia via samba wrote:
> > Hi Team,
> >
> > We have multiple cloud accounts in AWS that uses both file shares and
> > printer shares . There are mainly either Linux(server) to Linux (client) or
> > Linux(server) to windows(client) shares and very small fraction of shares
> > from windows (server) to Linux(client).
> >
> > Can we go for samba for both Linux to Linux and Linux to windows for both
> > file and printer shares? Or do we go for NFS in Linux to Linux for file and
> > printer shares?
> Whilst Samba can be used for Linux clients, you can also use NFS, it is
> basically what works for you. Having said that, if you are using Samba
> for the Windows clients, it makes sense to use it for everything, just
> one thing to set up and maintain.

Picking one makes sense. There are more Windows systems today that do
NFS, even NFSv4, and many cloud storage services provide both. I'd
done both NFS and CIFS for a shared server myself, namely a NetApp
server, and maintaining both simultaneously.... well, it was much more
expensive than my employer realized when they demanded we "save work
and money" that way.

> > Also we use centrify client to authenticate AD users. Can someone guide me
> > what will be the best practice for above scenario?
> Unless there is someone who is using centrify and is willing to share
> their knowledge, then this is doubtful, Samba has no connection with
> centrify, so you would be better off asking them.
> Having said that, you could probably replace centrify with Samba alone.
> Rowland

Probably, but over-riding some upstream manager's corporate mandate
can be.... difficult. And kicking free the team that's been collecting
hourly consulting fees to maintain or tune it can be.... its own
delightful exercise in office politics.

What I noticed as critical for consistent NFS use was to use NFSv4,
and make sure Kerberos was working well. Samba and honest-to-God
Active Directory support Kerberos well. Centrify is now renamed
"Delinea", and I've not dealt with them since the rename, so have no
extra insights there.

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