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Mapped drives and enabling active directory authentication on Samba server

Last Modified: 2012-08-29
I'm a Windows guy working with a Linux counterpart to set up our Linux NAS with Active Directory authentication using Samba. I'm going to assume he's got the Linux part reasonably figured out, so my question is more for Windows.

Once Active directory authentication is enabled, how will this affect the currently mapped drives for the Windows users? Some users currently do not need to enter a password since their Windows p/w and NAS p/w match. Others do, due to differences in passwords. Will the Active directory configuration cause any issue, or should all mapped drives start, uh, working, right away, with AD (and thus not require any password to be entered) regardless of how they used to work?

Basically I just want to see what I'll need to prepare on the Windows end once this is enabled, and if one of the tasks would be to re-map drives if they are somehow lost or stop working. (and if there's any other concerns we should have, let me know!)

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