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dd1313
January 8th, 2010, 09:03 PM
Hi Guys..

We have 9 windows stations on XP and also Xp on the server to do file sharing.Now the boss wants a domain environment and
has asked me to look at Ubuntu

So what we want is filesharing, like word .xls ,pdf docs etc
Also we want to restrict what the user workstations can do.We want
to their profiles on the server, so when they login in
all profile information like the desktop, my documents
loads.If one PC for some reason gives in ,they can login on another and continue working.

I think this is called roaming profiles

So I am asking can I use Ubuntu on the server for this

Thanks
Dev

Iowan
January 8th, 2010, 09:10 PM
Now the boss wants a domain environment and
has asked me to look at FreeBsd.
Typo?
Ubuntu can act as a (Samba) file server, and (though I haven't yet done it) can use LDAP (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/LDAPClientAuthentication). Another (https://help.ubuntu.com/8.10/serverguide/C/samba-ldap.html) link for Samba and LDAP.

DGortze380
January 8th, 2010, 09:14 PM
While there are other authentication methods available.

(Like LDAP as previously mentioned)

The easiest thing to do (as far as overhead and reliability) is to just use Microsoft Active Directory.

If you want to peruse open source solutions:
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/OpenLDAP-SambaPDC-OrgInfo-Posix

dd1313
January 8th, 2010, 09:17 PM
Microsoft Active Directory.


That would need MS small Business server atleast as I currently have XP on the server.Am I correct ?

thanks
Dev

DGortze380
January 8th, 2010, 11:36 PM
That would need MS small Business server atleast as I currently have XP on the server.Am I correct ?

thanks
Dev

Yes, you'd have to run some form of Windows Server and configure it as a Domain Controller.