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Samba and PDC's


© October 2003 Tony Lawrence

Link: Samba 3.0 Does Windows Even Better

Samba sure is getting a lot of attention, isn't it?

Pet peeve though, which has nothing particularly to do with Samba: I see far too many networks with domain controllers that never should have been set up that way. Small offices, with a handful of cooperating users, and absolutely no need for the complex security and maintenance of a PDC, and yet they get set up that way, mostly because incompetent (yes, dammit, incompetent) Windows techs don't know any other way.

What's really dumb about is that time after time I find that these things get turned into effective peer to peer networks: yeah, the people do domain logins, but there's nothing that everybody doesn't have full access control on. So what was the point? It just complicates things and makes life more difficult.

See also Do you need a domain controller?

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Sat Apr 18 16:57:38 2015: 12666   anonymous

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This is exactly what I have been thinking for years. With everything going to web based apps, what do we need a Domain Controller for other that simple user centralization. Install a NAS and allow users to share folders or not. I will look into Samba if this does what the blogs have been saying...Thanks!



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