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My organization has decided to use Active Directory for authentication puposes. I've been asked to deploy AD in 80 different sites around the world. In about 35 sites, I have Linux servers used as file & print -- and authentication as well, since we didn't have a clear policy up to now regarding authentication. I've read the SAMBA Howto and it is clearly said that SAMBA 3 can NOT act as an ADDC. However, I wonder if any of you have ever found a way to make a Linux server act as an ADDC.
You are right -- Samba can't fully replace Microsoft's Active Directory. However, you can use Samba as a Primary Domain Controller (PDC)at each site. If you only have one domain at each of your sites, I would think you could leave that infrastructure in place and then authenticate against your AD servers. However, I am not sure in what capacity (just authentication, or roaming profiles etc.) you are using AD... but there may be a place for Microsoft AD and Samba in your setup.