Mapped drives and enabling active directory authentication on Samba server

Posted on 2012-08-14
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!)

Question by:ruhkus
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    Expert Comment

    Once you enable Active Directory authentication, they shouldn't need to enter passwords anymore, since it will be using the Windows credentials they logged in to their computer with.

    Author Comment

    Yes, I get that part. I just don't know if, in the process of setting it up, anything gets messed up (such as currently mapped drives) and thus needs to be addressed.
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    Mapped drives are connected to the user's local Windows profile (In XP = C:\Documents & Settings\UserID). Switching authentication methods won't alter those.

    If you need credentials to access those drives, and the AD authentication is enabled to allow access, then it should simply connect (there may be a delay based on your network configuration and how the drive is setup on the linux end).

    As long as linux and windows uses the same authentication server, they should simply sync up and allow access without a password.

    In short you should be fine.

    Author Closing Comment

    Thanks. There were no issues relating to this aspect of the upgrade.

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