View Full Version : MS active directory replacement?

March 12th, 2009, 09:45 PM
hi guys

a friend of mine own a business that has 11 XP machines and will have 3 more coming sometime next week.

At the moment, they all connected as workgroup, she asked me to setup a file server so all employees places their documents on the file server.

i had a good play with MDS (Mandriva Directory Server), works pretty well but no group policy. i'd like to see if there is anything better out there and free.

the cost of MS server 2003 with 15 CALs simply cost too much just for small business.


March 12th, 2009, 09:54 PM
Samba might be able to help you.

March 12th, 2009, 09:57 PM
Yea Ubuntu with SAMBA is the thing you will need to support A Windows Workgrup. infact that is how all linux server connect to Windows computers in this fashion

It can be annoying to set up but very possible. here are some links



March 12th, 2009, 10:17 PM
blimey, samba server config looks murder! lol

there must be GUI setup for samba server?

March 12th, 2009, 10:28 PM
Not as far as I know, as servers usually dont use GUI so there never been any real incentive.

March 12th, 2009, 10:43 PM
There is a GUI of sorts its called SWAT.


Its not as easy as you want it to be and you should still know how the conf files work but it can help sift through all those settings.

March 12th, 2009, 10:54 PM
People I talk to seem to know samba better than linux, as it is so widely used.

March 12th, 2009, 11:06 PM
Samba will do your head in but once you get it set up properly it works.