p.echols at comcast.net
Wed May 7 05:08:44 UTC 2008
I have been using Ubuntu on my laptop for some time now. But my office
has stayed as a windows XP peer network. Today, the simple act of
renaming one of the computers (changing staff) resulted in a 1/2 day
trying to get the computers to talk to each other. <sigh> For practical
reasons the desktops will stay windows.
That's the background, here's what I'm thinking.
If I install a Samba file server for files, I can have a raid array to
guard against disk failure and also to automated off site backups.
My understanding is that I can either have the samba server act as
another peer on the windows network, or have the server also be a domain
controller. Having it be a domain controller is of interest because I
have had prior problems with the existing boxes not seeing each other,
and I am told that logging to a domain should solve that.
The real question is: what other benefits are there to having a domain
controller? Yes, I can authenticate users, but this is a very small
network and security is really not that much of a problem. So anything
Thanks for your thoughts.
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