Samba 4.0 Whitepaper

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This document aims at describing the setups supported for Samba 4.0 in the role as Active Directory domain controller. Samba 4.0 contains the software components that were previously released as the Samba 3 software and adds "active directory domain controller" as a new server role. The existing Samba 3 setups are essentially still supported by the Samba 4.0 software.

Samba 3.6 like setups

The classical setups in the style of Samba 3.6 include standalone fileservers, domain member servers (with security = domain and security = ads) and NT4-style domain controllers. These setups use (combinations of) the daemons smbd, nmbd, and winbindd and they are still supported with the following exceptions:

  • The "security = server" functionality has been removed.
  • The "security = share" functionality has been removed.

Active Directory Compatible Server