Any opinions on which distros are best to use for connecting to a Windows 2008 R2 domain.
I started off by evaluating various different strains of Linux with a view to establishing which were best for Server use, without all the desktop bloat. During speed tests related to virtualization I found that CentOS, Debian and openSUSE, were way faster than the rest. Therefore decided to go with these and try connecting each to my Windows domain. Problem is when it came to connecting Linux to the Windows ADS domain things got somewhat more difficult than I had ever imagined they would.
I thought openSUSE would be easy as it come with YaST control panel which I found quite well constructed. Well no it now transpires that openSUSE cannot connect to any domain called xxxx.local, which most Microsoft ADS domains are. CentOS did work in the end but not easily. Debian just won't work for unknown reasons.
Hence my thoughts about looking at this from a the other dirrection, which Linux distros are best equipped to join a Windows domain?