As delightful as it would be to have a job where you have to deal only with nice reliable Linux boxes, the reality is that mixed networks are more usual. The real world demands that we know how to integrate multiple platforms, primarily Windows, Linux, and Unix, with occasional dashes of Mac OS X and Classic Mac. This chapter tells you how to integrate Linux and Windows, as those are the dominant platforms. Unix and Mac OS X are similar enough to Linux that you can figure them out pretty easily. If you need help with other platforms, or with running a Windows domain, please see Appendix A for good reference materials.
We’ll approach the problem of integrating Windows and Linux from two angles: you have a Windows Active Directory domain that you want to add some Linux hosts to, or you have a Linux network that you want to add some Windows hosts to. There are several possible roles for Samba:
Login server/domain controller
Domain client for both workstations and servers
Linux machines can tuck in nicely just about anywhere, and thanks to Samba and Winbind, they can even become fully fledged Active Directory objects. Samba is the key to making all of this work; you’ll need it on all participating Linux hosts.
If you’re running a Windows NT4 domain controller and thinking of upgrading, consider replacing it with Samba. Samba works great as a drop-in ...