We are going to have an organized network with an NT user authentication and proxy server. In choosing between Active Directory and Samba Server, I wanted to choose Samba server (I do love Open Source ). Our plan has a Forest (root : [domainname]) and trees for sub-domains (like: eng.[domainname], maybe with some children) and maybe for internet site (Sites where users just use Internet) we may have a new forest (we should have trust between these domains). In every site we should have DC and Squid Proxy server (for control and traffic shaping the internet in the with high performance) . All of our clients are using Win XP or Seven. And we are also going to use MOSS 2007.
The problem are: - Can we completely handle our plan with Samba server? ,with replication and trusts? ,what should we do? Should we use OpenLDAP for our plan? What do you suggest for ? Which distribution of Linux do you recommend for our plan? Won't we have problem using these with MOSS?