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[Discuss] Replacing AD with Samba4

On Tue, Aug 11, 2015, at 09:30 AM, Edward Ned Harvey (blu) wrote:
> > From: Discuss [ at] On
> > Behalf Of Rich Braun
> >  
> > Any suggestions?  Is this known to work?  Maybe I should just keep my
> > Windows
> > servers?  But they're 6+ years old and probably fraught with security holes.
> I know it's not what you want to hear, but I'm sure Microsoft doesn't
> test their desktop OSes against Samba AD servers, so even if it works
> now, I wouldn't count on it for a production work environment. It will
> cost like $300/yr for windows server, which is nothing to a business.
> (That's if you pay $600 every other year for Server Standard, which
> permits you to run on two separate VM's simultaneously.)
> I just don't see anything to gain by trying to deviate from windows
> server. Unless you want to support a non-windows organization.
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Agreed. At a previous company I ran things on Samba, and also ran Zimbra
instead of Exchange.  Honestly, at the end of the day, AD just works,
and Exchange Online is pretty good too.  Also, if you're running lots of
enterprise software you'll find that when an app says it supports "LDAP"
it really means "Active Directory."  If you are supporting a fleet of
Windows machines, it's going to be less of a headache to run AD.

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