This backend provides a rich database backend for local servers. This
backend is not suitable for multiple domain controllers (i.e., PDC + one
or more BDC) installations.
password backend stores the old
information plus the extended MS Windows NT/200x
SAM information into a binary format TDB (trivial database) file.
The inclusion of the extended information makes it possible for Samba-3
to implement the same account and system access controls that are possible
with MS Windows NT4/200x-based systems.
The inclusion of the
capability is a direct
response to user requests to allow simple site operation without the overhead
of the complexities of running OpenLDAP. It is recommended to use this only
for sites that have fewer than 250 users. For larger sites or implementations,
the use of OpenLDAP or of Active Directory integration is strongly recommended.
This provides a rich directory backend for distributed account installation.
Samba-3 has a new and extended LDAP implementation that requires configuration
of OpenLDAP with a new format Samba schema. The new format schema file is
included in the
examples/LDAP directory of the Samba distribution.
The new LDAP implementation significantly expands the control abilities that
were possible with prior versions of Samba. It is now possible to specify
“per-user” profile settings, home directories, account access controls, and
much more. Corporate sites will see that the Samba Team has listened to their
requests both for capability and greater scalability.