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No, this is not possible. Samba3 cannot act domain controller for AD
domains, nor can it act as a BDC for NT domains.
Samba4, which is currently in alpha, will have the ability to serve as
an AD domain controller as well as a read-only domain controller along
side Windows servers. Some people are using Samba4 in production
today, but I'm not aware of anyone using Samba4 as a domain controller
(read-only or otherwise) with Windows domain controllers in
In short, its still alpha.
On Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 1:18 PM, Ryan Whelan <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> I'm not sure this is possible, I'm sort of leaning to the negative, but I
> thought i would ask anyway. (I am not a windows or domain networking guy)
> We have a large (and growing) number of windows servers. Many of them are
> DCs. While I read Samba can't serve as a BDC to a Windows PDC, can it just
> forward requests to the windows DC and just cache the results for future
> look ups? (with an adjustable cache time out of course)
> We have a bunch of remote locations that don't need to be able to make
> changes to the domain and just replacing their DCs with something that will
> cache queries to the main DC would be ideal.
> Like I said, not my area of expertise.
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