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Active Directory comes to Linux with Samba 4

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Enterprise networks now have an alternative choice to Microsoft Active Directory (AD) servers, with the open source Samba project aiming for feature parity with the forthcoming release of version 4, according to Canberra-based Samba developer Andrew Bartlettt.

Speaking at this year's linux.conf.au Linux and open source conference in Hobart, Bartlett said Samba 4 is aiming to be a replacement for AD by providing a free software implementation of Microsoft's custom protocols.

Because AD is "far more than LDAP and Kerberos", Bartlett said, Samba 4 is not only about developing with Microsoft's customisation of those protocols, it is also about moving the project beyond just providing an NT 4 compatible domain manager.

"I've been working on Samba 4 for four years to try and provide a way to not run Microsoft servers at the centre of the network, which then leads to the clients," he said. "But I am a realist and we have implemented the logon server for Samba 4."

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