When we started our software development company, we decided to use
Samba as a
PDC for the few Windows workstations we had. We use
OpenLDAP, and it has been a good replacement for AD for almost 6 years now (using
Windows XP workstations).
Now I'm facing a few problems with our setup:
- The Linux server where the PDC runs is very outdated (and is a
Gentooinstall, don't ask why!)
- We started using
Windows 7on some of the workstations, and these can't join the
Sambadomain (there's a workaround, I know)
Our company has grown a bit, and we have now about 20 workstations (and plan to have more in the near future).
I have to reinstall our
PDC, and was thinking on updating to another
Linux distro and the latest
Samba 3.4. However, I started having second thoughts, and now I think going to a Windows Server for the
PDC is the way to go. The main drivers to opt for a
Windows Server would be its easy administration and the ability to use
Windows 7 out of the box, without any registry hacks.
My question(s) then is(are):
- How should I do this migration?
- Can I keep the same domain name?
- What will happen to the users? Will they be recreated and won't be identified by the workstations as being the same user, even if the actual username is the same?
What steps would you recommend me to migrate from
Bonus question: If you think staying in
Samba is the way to go with my current setup, I'm also interested on your thoughts.