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Old 03-23-2006, 10:41 PM   #1
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Can Linux still access shared folder in a domain?

I have a small office that now has about 15 computers (Windows 2000/XP). I'd now like to convert our Windows Server 2003 to an Active Directory. Problem is that there is this one hard core Linux user (distro: Debian elitist) who refuses to use Windows. He makes my job hell!

Currently he is able to access the shared folder since I provided him with a Windows username and password with proper permissions. When I convert this file server to an Active Directory, will he still be able to access the shared folder with no problem? My gut tells me he will not be able to easily. I have tested this at home on my Active Directory using SuSE 10.0 and it works fine, but I know that SuSE makes everything easy graphically. If he were to ask me to set this up for him on Debian or command line, I would have no clue.

Ideally, I'd like to make this as transparent as possible so that he would not even know I installed Active Directory.


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Old 03-24-2006, 08:13 AM   #2
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You might consider installing VMWare on his box and then installing Win2K or whatever you need. I know that I have tried playing with getting it to work and have had issues that weren't easy to fix. I have a Win Small Business Server running Exchange and Active Directory and you can google and look at remedies, but to me it seemed to be a real hassle. Maybe not to others, but I've got too much on my plate to spend working days trying to get them to see each other and allow access. With the VMWare though, it will appear as a windows client to the Active Directory and allow access. You can set up shares on the machine running VMWare between the OS's and transfer data back and forth. In case you haven't heard or used VMWare, there is no partitioning, etc. You simply have to make a directory in the home folder of the user, VMWare makes it appear to the new OS as though it is a new HD and you are off and running. Greatest app I have ever seen and well worth the $160.00 USD. It is great for testing web apps and and kind of programming for multi OS environments. And no, I'm not running an add here. Just stating what I have ended up doing. Good luck and repost if I can be of further assistance!
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For his username, you should just have to tell him to edit anything that passes credentials to (domainname)\\(username). Double backslashes because you need an escape character.

That SHOULD get it to work decently. Of course, he may need Samba installed and not just compiled into the kernel. I'm not sure on that part.
Old 03-26-2006, 06:00 AM   #4
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Usually when I see someone question poster's plan or need, I think "What poor taste."; but I am curious about why you need AD.

Also, it would seem from the sheer # of your posts that you are not not a Linux hater, or casual user; yet you say "He makes my job hell!". On the other hand you do let him hold out against "the evil empire" (possibly his view). I can imagine that having to make exceptions & special accommodations could be extra work, but I would like to think that it is something that I would welcome if given the opportunity. How bad is it?

How strong is his antipathy to "Winders"?
If I understand ScooterB's suggestion, you would install the Linux ver. of VMware on his machine plus a, presumably, legitimate copy of, say, W2k. A real die hard "penguinista" is probably going to have both moral & aesthetic objections to this idea.

Would it be worth your while to hold out for Samba 4? As I understand it, it does AD. Granted there will be a possible learning curve for you, but how much is the next M$ license going to cost for your 15 user office? ... and the next, and the next, and the next, ...

I wish I could claim that the right solution is to put the other 14 people on Linux; but after seeing 2 Linspire installations in the reception area of a local car repair shop & hearing the operators grumble that it is too different from the M$ product they are used to, I don't think the time is quite ripe for that.

I realize that this post is a bit disjointed, but you struck chords on several levels.


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