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New Samba Server Setup For Clients

The end of a busy week. Spent all week configuring two new servers for a client. The idea is that these will be two identical domain controllers, one is primary and the second is a backup in case the first one fails.

Both machines are running Linux with Samba as the domain controller. Currently they will synchronise between themselves at regular intervals. Once everything is working we will change the database back end to LDAP to allow real time synchronisation of users. If one machine goes down, flick a switch (figuratively) and the second will take it’s place.

This sort of thing might be easier if both servers were running Windows server, but a LOT more expensive (calculate the licenses for 250 plus users), Linux and samba, once up and running will be a lot easier to manage and far more reliable.

So just need to dot the i’s and cross the t’s and then down to testing.

Samba is Free Software licensed under the GNU General Public License. For more information go to

LDAP is the de-facto Internet directory standard, supported by companies such as Sun, Microsoft, IBM and Novell. LDAP is an integral part of Internet platform offerings like Sun ONE, Microsoft Exchange, and many others. Read more here –



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