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Using Samba as a PDC

Tom Syroid is a contract writer for Studio B Productions, a literary agency based in Indianapolis, IN specializing in computer-oriented publications. Topics of interest/specialty include *NIX system security, Samba, Apache, and Web database applications based on PHP and MySQL. He has experience administering and maintaining a diverse range of operating systems including Linux (Red Hat, OpenLinux, Mandrake, Slackware, Gentoo), Windows (95, 98, NT, 2000, and XP), and AIX (4.3.3 and 5.1). He is also the co-author of Outlook 2000 in a Nutshell (O'Reilly & Associates) and OpenLinux Secrets (Hungry Minds). Tom lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with his wife and two children. Hobbies include breaking perfectly good computer installations and then figuring out how to fix them, gardening, reading, and building complex structures out of Lego with his kids. Questions, comments, and errata submissions are welcome; you can either e-mail the author directly (dwcomments@syroidmanor.com.

Summary:  Open-source Samba turns a UNIX or Linux system into a file and print server for Microsoft Windows network clients. Tom Syroid dishes up a juicy tutorial that shows you how to configure Samba as the primary domain controller on an xSeries server.

Date:  03 Apr 2002
Level:  Introductory

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This tutorial stepped through the process of configuring Samba to assume the role of primary domain controller on a local network. The following topics were discussed:

  • A brief glance into the history and importance of the Samba project, what Samba can do, what it can't do, what hardware components are pivitol to good performance, and how to best utilize the material presented.
  • How to install Samba from RPM or source, how to configure the build process to ensure directory and file placement, and how to configure smb.conf to be a PDC, support roaming profiles, and support netlogons.
  • How to create the required administrative directories on the server, set the correct permissions on those directories, and how to create the two sets (UNIX and Samba) of user and machine accounts for authentication.
  • How to configure Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP clients to joint the domain.
  • How to troubleshoot an installation that doesn't work as advertised.
  • And finally, where to find further Samba resources.

I hope in the course of working through this tutorial you found what you were looking for, and --ideally -- some things you weren't. I know I sure did. And that, in the end, is what life's all about. Learning new things and pushing the boundries.

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