HOW TO: Samba as an AD Domain Member

There are probably a million and one articles about how to make Samba 3 an Active Directory domain member. But with all of that, this process still seems to require hours of research. So I've decided to compile my latest experiences here.

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Playing with SQL Server 2005

I recently setup a SQL server, running Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition. Installation was smooth, with a prettier interface than SQL 2000. The disk space requirement was a bit high, but not unreasonable.

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Installing Vista Beta 2 in VMware

Like many other developers, I wanted a chance to play with Windows Vista Beta 2. So I downloaded the whopping 3.2 GB DVD image (in twelve minutes). Since I don't have a spare machine powerful enough to handle it, I decided to install Vista in a VMware virtual machine. This was, to say the least, not a clean and pleasant experience.

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IPEdit DHCP Service

Description

IPEdit is a web-based tool for configuring DHCP, DNS, and firewall filters for a local area network. Based on Matt Campbell's project, this implementation is written entirely in PHP and stores its data in a MySQL database. Running as a service, it is capable of configuring the ISC DHCP server, a DNS masquerade server, and Shorewall (iptables). Authentication can be handled through either Active Directory or MySQL.

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Active Directory and Linux

I maintain several client and server machines that, up until recently, all authenticated users locally. I wanted a more centralized mechanism that could handle the various users and systems on the network. The big catch is that a few key system run Linux while others run Windows. So after doing some research, I turned to Active Directory.

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