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Using FC4 as a BDC

I have an environment that consists of a WIN2K3 Server at a hosted facility running AD etc...  We have 4 offices with VPN tunnels to the WIN2K3 domain at the hosted facility. In each of the 4 offices I currently have FC4 boxes running as SAMBA PDCs each with their own domain. I wanted to be able to join all the XP Pro boxes in the 4 offices to the WIN2K3 domain and use Group Policy. The problem there is that many "important" functions of Group Policy don't work well over a WAN/slow link. Is it possible to use the FC4 SAMBA boxes as BDCs to the WIN2K3 domain and use replication so that Group Policy will work correctly? Any info on this would be very helpful, expecially where the smb.conf is concerned.
Thanks,
Mark
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jimcowanCommented:
Samba after a certain version is able to emulate an Active direrctory server via LDAP and the config is kind of complex, however several howto's are listen in a google search for "Active Directory samba Domain Controller" (no Quotes). I could assist if you really need it after reading the Howto's. Once one is set up, you can just duplicate that config on the others.
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jar3817Commented:
Samba 4.x can do that. The problem is 4.x isn't ready for production use yet. The current stable version (3.something) can only be used as a domain member server...not a domain controller.
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infinityitAuthor Commented:
Jim,
I am running Samba 3.0142 on FC4. Is that version capable of emulating AD? Or Jar3817, do I have to wait for 4.x?
Thanks,
Mark
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infinityitAuthor Commented:
Please keep in mind that I'd like to employ Group Policy.
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jar3817Commented:
youll need to use v4 for that. personally i haven't tried it yet, it might be stable enough for you, try it out.
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