Re: Samba setup question: security setting
Quoting Bill Moseley <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
I suppose this has nothing to do with Debain, but what does it mean to be
a Primary Domain Controler? And does that apply to Win98 and WinME
machines or only W2K/XP/NT machines?
In a networked environment using WinNT, 2K, XP Pro (and perhaps 98 and
ME, and 95 with some ugliness), the Primary Domain Controller (and
Backup Domain Controller(s) - PDC & BDC(s) respectively) serve as a
central authentication server. For example, in a college environment,
you might have 1000 faculty/staff and 6000 students, many of them going
from one computer lab to another. The lab machines are configured not to
authenticate users themselves, but to look to the domain controllers to
determine if Joe Student is a valid user and has a valid password and is
logging in at a valid time from a valid place and can use this printer
but not that one and can mount this network drive share but not that one.
Samba can function as a PDC, so that you don't have an unreliable
Windows box in the server room performing this essential task.
As indicated above, I'm not sure how well the Win9x/ME series plays in
the mix, and I believe the WinXP Home (not Pro) also has some issues
playing in such an environment.