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On 09/02/2014 6:17 PM, John Stewart wrote:
On 09/02/2014 2:45 PM, ToddAndMargo wrote: Thank you for the offer. Got me to thinking. Whenever I come across a Windows Active Directory (AD) server, I think under my breath "Why would you do that to yourself?". What a slow, cumbersome, clunky mess. Within the first ten minutes of discussing a Windows server with a client, I inevitably get asked how to speed it up. I have to tell then that that is just the animal they are dealing with. If I can set up a Windows server with the least amount of services running on it, I do. I love it when they don't want AD. (Most of my customers seldom have more than five workstations.)

Active Directory would be overkill for five workstations, but for large organizations Active Directory is a key part of your IT infrastructure. Integrating our SL5 Sun Ray thin client servers with the AD domain managed by our central computing department was a huge step forward. This enabled our students and instructors to use the same login and password they use to access centrally managed services and the first time they login their Linux home directory is automatically created.

Okay, I do realize that Linux's stability and practicality is far superior to Redmond's stuff, which is why I prefer Linux.

That's the way I felt when I managed the Solaris based Unix systems in our central computing department but my recent experience has been that our Windows 2008 Terminal Server machines are more reliable than our SL5 Sun Ray servers. It's not a hardware difference since both sets of servers run on the same type of hardware.

I see Linux as pretty much customer driven, as opposed to driven by the greatest, most effective marketing department in the history of free enterprise. Question: what do you see as an advantage of Samba's AD over just using Samba as an old fashioned Domain Controller? I take it old-out-of-date (SL) isn't supporting Samba 4 yet.

Samba 3 has had it's day in the sun but it doesn't cut it for supporting Windows 7 clients. We're dealing with a wacky situation in another department where the previous IT support person declined to simply join Windows 7 clients to the centrally managed AD domain. What he did instead is use Microsoft Hyper-V to create an SL6 virtual machine on a pair of Windows 2008 terminal servers (ironically part of the centrally managed AD domain) and install Samba 4 to create his own AD domain to support Windows 7 clients in the department.

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