At 03:49 PM 4/27/2007, L Goodwin wrote:
I've been working feverishly to set up a Samba share
on FreeBSD 6.2 server to provide file storage for
clients running Windows XP Pro and Windows Vista Home

I just had a long talk with the ISP's tech support,
and was told a number of things that I would like to
confirm or deny:

1) Windows "Home" editions (including XP and Vista)
have support for SMB protocol disabled in Active
Directory Domain Connections functionality!
Is this true?

Not exactly. Home edition CANNOT log into a domain or active directory. If you need that functionality, upgrade to XP Pro.

2) The only way to make Samba work for Windows Home
editions is to change the Samba server's domain
configuration to "peer-to-peer".
Is this true? If YES, how do I do that?
Could not find reference it in the Official Samba-3
HOW TO and Reference Guide.

I've never done that so am no help.

3) Other options discussed:

1) Replace Vista Home with Windows XP Pro (or Vista
Pro) or exchange computer for one with a "Pro"

Vista licenses can be downgraded to XP. You need to check on which versions can be downgraded to XP Pro.

2) Repartition the RAID 1 Mirror/Duplex as NTFS (or
DOS) partitions (and don't use Samba)? Feedback and
reference on a good "how to" appreciated.

I assume you mean just setup a windows box. You can do that, but your hardware is so slow it won't perform well under windows.

3) Change FreeBSD server to a Windows server (ugh).

Can anyone address these assertions and/or provide
assistance in other ways to use FreeBSD as a
fileserver for Windows "Home" (and Pro) clients?

He also cited a recent InfoWorld survey in which 30%
of companies responding plan to never implement Vista,
that they consider it an "interim" version that will
be used as an excuse for dropping legacy support.

No one I know is jumping to vista until service pack one ships.


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