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.confto 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.