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Ubuntu Server/Samba as a domain file server with NTFS volumes

Last Modified: 2013-12-09

I just installed an Ubuntu 10.04 server on my main file server and I've got a few questions regarding integration with a Windows domain.

I was previously using Windows Server 2008 R2 on the box, but decided to go Ubuntu due to iSCSI and NFS export options, as well as other open source daemons.

1) Can I join the server to the domain so that domain user accounts can be resolved and authenticate correctly with the same permissions defined in the domain?

2) I have several multi-TB NTFS volumes with LOTS of data on them on the Ubuntu server... given the above item is possible, is there any way to export the volume with Samba and ensure that Samba authenticates to the domain too?

3) Correct NTFS permissions are already set on the volume as it Windows Server was previously installed on the box. Is there any way to get Ubuntu to read these set NTFS permissions and authenticate users against the domain?

Also, do you have any recommendations?

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