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I am using centos 6.2 on my system. I want to make samba server as PDC to join the clients computers operating systems i.e xp,windows 7 and share their files & directories.Currently I have 200 PC running both windows xp and win 7.

The question I want to as is does samba 3.5.10 has a capacity to join 200 computers as a domain controller & authenticate the users ?

thanks garden


Thanks for your guidence.Well at the moment I am using CentOS 6.2 and samba is installed using yum command. It is amazing that I can join samba as a domain comtroller of 200 clients machines. By the way what is samba maximum limit for joining number of clients PC's.

  • AD or old-style domain controller? – MadHatter Mar 20 '12 at 8:31
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Yes you can. You can take a look at the official redhat 6 documentation you will see that :

What Samba can do:

  • Serve directory trees and printers to Linux, UNIX, and Windows clients
  • Assist in network browsing (with or without NetBIOS)
  • Authenticate Windows domain logins
  • Provide Windows Internet Name Service (WINS) name server resolution
  • Act as a Windows NT®-style Primary Domain Controller (PDC)
  • Act as a Backup Domain Controller (BDC) for a Samba-based PDC
  • Act as an Active Directory domain member server
  • Join a Windows NT/2000/2003/2008 PDC

What Samba cannot do:

  • Act as a BDC for a Windows PDC (and vice versa)
  • Act as an Active Directory domain controller

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