Samba as PDC for a small domain

One of the changes in my recent server upgrade was moving from using Samba on Linux as a workgroup server to making it a primary domain controller and implementing a small domain. I’m still waiting for O’Reilly to publish their updated Samba book which comes out this month so in the meantime I turned to the internet for answers.

What I found was a jumble of things using a variety of different methods of configuration to accomplish this. Needless to say I spent quite a bit of time untangling all this different (and sometimes conflicting) information. Although my server runs Debian the singlemost useful resource was this howto from the Gentoo wiki. The domain is up and running but the jury is still out on whether this is actually useful enough to justify the extra setup time and headache for such a small (six client PCs) installation.

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