Replace Windows AD Domain

Hello
At home I am using a Windows Server 2003 as Domain controller with Active Directory. My “client” computers are all currently running Windows XP. They all require CONTROL-ALT-DELETE and the user to enter their credentials before they will allow logon.

Shared files reside on various other Server 2003 machines and have restrictions on so only specific users can access certain resources.

For example, I have the family finances and other important documents in a share named ‘Private-Files’, only members of the ‘PrivateFiles’ global group have access. Likewise, I have my movies sorted into their appropriate age categories - after all, I don’t want my 5 year old son accidentally watching Aliens!

So this all works but as you can imagine, the copies of Windows XP and Server 2003 are far from legitimate. I want to go legal and the only real way I can afford to do this is to switch over to Linux.

I have used Suse, Ubuntu, Fedora and a few other distros in the past and found that for ease of use, I want to use Ubuntu on the desktop computers but power the servers with Open Suse.

The problem is, although I can install the OSes, I have no idea where to proceed from there - for example, how do I create a Domain in Suse? Where and how do I create domain users and groups? How do I set permissions on shares for the domain users?

Please, can someone point me to docs or help out here in the forum (so others can see the results and problems run into for avoidance etc in the future)?

Hi,

read this

Samba Setup Guide Samba Configuration and Tutorial

official documentation you find here and a lot more

Samba Documentation

hth

bye

Erik

On Sat May 29 2010 02:36 pm, badger fruit wrote:

>
> Hello
> At home I am using a Windows Server 2003 as Domain controller with
> Active Directory. My “client” computers are all currently running
> Windows XP. They all require CONTROL-ALT-DELETE and the user to enter
> their credentials before they will allow logon.
>
> Shared files reside on various other Server 2003 machines and have
> restrictions on so only specific users can access certain resources.
>
> For example, I have the family finances and other important documents
> in a share named ‘Private-Files’, only members of the ‘PrivateFiles’
> global group have access. Likewise, I have my movies sorted into their
> appropriate age categories - after all, I don’t want my 5 year old son
> accidentally watching Aliens!
>
> So this all works but as you can imagine, the copies of Windows XP and
> Server 2003 are far from legitimate. I want to go legal and the only
> real way I can afford to do this is to switch over to Linux.
>
> I have used Suse, Ubuntu, Fedora and a few other distros in the past
> and found that for ease of use, I want to use Ubuntu on the desktop
> computers but power the servers with Open Suse.
>
> The problem is, although I can install the OSes, I have no idea where
> to proceed from there - for example, how do I create a Domain in Suse?
> Where and how do I create domain users and groups? How do I set
> permissions on shares for the domain users?
>
> Please, can someone point me to docs or help out here in the forum (so
> others can see the results and problems run into for avoidance etc in
> the future)?

>
>
badger fruit;

As an added comment to erikro’s post, keep in mind that Samba3 can not emulate
an AD domain. Samba3 should be considered as a replacement for an NT domain.
Samba4 is to be compatible with AD, but is currently still considered
experimental and not recommended for a production environment. There has been
a lot of work done on Samba4 and it is hoped that it will be ready for prime
time “real soon”. From the Samba Blog http://news.samba.org/ ]

We are still making great strides on Samba4, and creator of Samba Dr. Andrew
Tridgell from IBM (just to be formal for once. Everyone still just calls
him “tridge” :slight_smile: demonstrated two-way replication between a Microsoft Active
Directory domain, and a Samba4 Domain. There is still much work to be done on
the AD domain controller code, but we’re starting to see the light at the end
of the tunnel in getting to a “stable” 4.0 release. Maybe by SambaXP next year
we’ll have an exciting new announcement to make.


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Dear all
Thank you for the replies, wow I see there is a lot to learn about this!!

I guess I shall stuff my head into the docs and see what comes of it!

Thanks again, if anyone has more info or has done this before, I would love to hear from them about their level of success etc!