The company that I work for wishes to replace its windows servers with new linux servers but wants to keep Windows on employee desktops. The requirements are:
- The employee desktops should be able to authenticate with a central linux server.
- The employee desktops should have access to shared folders on a central linux server.
- Software applications should be able to use Active Directory.
My first thought was to use samba, but can samba meet the above requirements, if so, in what way? (details are appreciated, but I just need the general idea.)
Keep in mind that I am not very familiar with server setup (I am a web designer by profession).