I'm trying to install samba on windows 7. However, I can't seem to find a windows version of the source to install it with. Does anybody have a link to a windows version or a way to hack the linux version to work on windows?


The reason I am trying to install samba on a windows machine is because I plan to use it as a DNS/DHCP server as well as a domain controller on a windows 7 machine. I want to do this with open source products if at all possible. If anybody has another way to do it, it would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    Bad idea. Either run samba on *nix, where it's meant to be run or pay up and purchase a Windows Server license.
    – EEAA
    Commented Sep 1, 2011 at 2:36

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This will never work since the native Windows bits that Samba emulates are impossible to turn off. If you need to build a domain controller, you'll have to do it with Linux+Samba or Windows Server. These days those are the only choices.

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    Samba runs on other *nix systems besides Linux...
    – Chris S
    Commented Sep 1, 2011 at 4:05
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    @ChrisS I was in a hurry!
    – sysadmin1138
    Commented Sep 1, 2011 at 4:29

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