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Thread: Ubuntu as Primary Domain Controller

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2011

    Ubuntu as Primary Domain Controller


    I need to setup windows Active Directory system and want to use our existing ubuntu server as Primary Domain Controller (samba). What I'd like to know is if its possible to setup a machine running standard Ubuntu as the PDC, or if I would need to install Ubuntu server. I've searched for quite a long time and have found absolutley no trace of an answer! I guess I'm probably looking in the wrong place though.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Williams Lake
    Ubuntu Development Release

    Re: Ubuntu as Primary Domain Controller

    All the services work the same whether it is a desktop system, or a server install. Keep in mind a gui adds extra overhead if you are low on resources, and there could be security issues running a gui all the time. The best way to run a server with a desktop is to disable/remove gdm/kdm/xdm, and only start the desktop when you need it by using the startx command, and then logging out when you are done.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

    Re: Ubuntu as Primary Domain Controller

    wrong question.

    Begin by making sure you understand what you're trying to do (ag: a Primary Domain Controller is something from NT4 domains, yet you're talking about an Active Directory domain ... ),

    then check if the solution you're going for, actually solves your problem (eg: are you quite sure that it's possible to have Samba do Active Directory services ?)

    then worry about whether you'd rather run this on a desktop, or a server.
    As Cariboo907 pointed out, both can be done.

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