Samba PDC and Windows XP. (caution- newb ahead)

Hello all,
I am trying to set up Samba for a domain server so that my 15 Win XP Pro clients can log in to it (like at a login prompt at startup). The problem is that I have no idea how to configure it (on the Linux side)

I’m using OpenSuSE 10.2, and have just used the default settings. I’ve referred to this article to get it started, but I’m lost after that.
Any ideas?

I’m also trying to get filtering software running on this computer to filter/block certain sites (this is a school setting), if possible.

The setup looks like this:
C: Computer that I want networked
P: Printer (a networked one)
S: Switch R: Router
-: Cable
X: Tentative server positioning

S-X---------------C-S----------Rest of network + internet
P C
C C
C C
C C
C C
C C
C C

LuckyDucky wrote:

>
> Hello all,
> I am trying to set up Samba for a domain server so that my 15 Win XP
> Pro clients can log in to it (like at a login prompt at startup). The
> problem is that I have no idea how to configure it (on the Linux side)
>
> I’m using OpenSuSE 10.2, and have just used the default settings. I’ve
> referred to ‘this article’
> (http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/5100-10878_11-6180959.html) to
> get it started, but I’m lost after that.
> Any ideas?
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Lucky;

I suggest you first try to get this going with a Workgroup and get the kinks out
of the basic networking. For this look at the howto on this site:

http://www.swerdna.net.au/linux.html

Once you have all of this working to your satisfaction it is an easy jump to a
full NTdomain. Here I would suggest you read the first two chapters of “Samba3
By Example”(1). You can get a digital form here:

/usr/share/doc/packages/samba

or here:

www.samba.org.

The copies here are more upto date than the printed version.

With as few users as you have I would suggest you use the tdb backend,
configuring LDAP is harder than configuring Samba. If you decide later to use
LDAP, it is fairly easy to upgrade. Even if you choose not to take my advice
about first configuring a workgroup, you should read both of the above before
you start.

  1. Terpstra, “Samba-3 By Example” 2nd Ed, Prentice Hall, 2006.


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