|(last updated 2005/2/4)
I do not expect to directly pursue this work further.
See Replacing/Preserving NT4 Server for rationale. CHS
Samba 3 PDCs
My experience with Samba 2 was mixed. Samba 2 seemed to fit in with
Microsoft's "workgroup" model but had pretty serious
limitations in the "domain" model. Also, in some scenarios
Samba 2 had a dramatic performance disadvantage relative to Microsoft
NT4 and Windows 2000.
The main scenarios I noticed were with directory hierarchies with many
For example, archiving a Visual Source Safe "database",
approximately l00MB total, would take tens of minutes to archive when
stored on a Windows server and several hours to archive when stored on a
Samba 2 server.
Samba 3 comes much closer to adequately addressing the domain model.
Once configured properly, a Samba 3 server seems to be a fully capable
PDC, with one glaring exception: no provision for BDCs. Samba 3 does not
implement BDC capability.
A Samba 3 PDC will not interface properly with an NT4 BDC.
(I've seen claims that Samba 3 performance is superior to that of
Microsoft products, but have not explored performance.)
So what is the Samba strategy for handling PDC outage?
It seems to be to have multiple instances of Samba PDCs, synchronized
I have only begun to try to make this work.
I'm skeptical for a variety of reasons, but trying to restrain my
skepticism until I've given this strategy a fair and full evaluation.