Adventures in Samba with LDAP

Over the last week I have been experimenting with SMBLDAP-Tools and some of the new features available in the latest versions of Samba 3. Whilst I've written about setting up a Samba Primary Domain Controller with an LDAP-backend before SMBLDAP-Tools makes configuring this potentially troublesome (but very powerful) combination a lot easier.

For my testing I have been using the Factory build of Samba 3.0.23C for Suse 10. Suse 10 does not have a package for SMBLDAP-Tools but Suse 10.1+ does so I used the 10.1 source package and built it for Suse 10. After a bit of hassle I also applied a patch that fixed Computer creation account problems. If you are using Suse 10.0 the SMBLDAP-Tools package I built can be downloaded from here, otherwise compiling it from source is difficult as its just a collection of Perl scripts.

SuSE/OpenLDAP/Samba Howto

This tutorial assumes you are familar with basic Linux and Windows concepts and are comfortable using SuSE Linux 9 (Professional or Enterprize). SuSE 9.2 Professional was used during the production of this guide but for most part the commands, software and general concepts should be applicable on any current version of SuSE (or OpenSUSE).
To ease configuration it is very helpful to do most things from another desktop so that you can use really useful utilities like graphical Internet browsers and copy/paste tools.

SuSE/OpenLDAP/Samba Added to Tutorials

Novell SuSE
Today I finished a howto that goes through the steps to setup a Samba Primary Domain Controller (PDC) with an OpenLDAP backend on SuSE. The tutorial draws together a lot of the things I have learnt over the last few weeks working with Samba and OpenLDAP. If anyone reads it through and finds errors (both practical and grammatical) then please get in touch.

SuSE, Samba3 & OpenLDAP

Over the last week I have been doing quite a bit of work with SuSE, Samba3 and OpenLDAP. I must say although difficult to setup the first time it is really nice to have all your user accounts managed from one central location. I have just installed a new SuSE server running this combination into a clients office and it is looking very good indeed. All of the basic work is done all that needs to happen now is get all the Windows machines bound the domain and install the printer drivers onto the server for painless printer adding.

Some useful links I have found to help set all this up are: