Samba 4 review: No substitute for Active Directory -- yet

Samba's open source alternative to Microsoft's domain controller is a good start, but not ready for prime time

By Paul Ferrill, InfoWorld |  Networking, Samba, Samba 4

On the plus side, there are new Python-based programmability features in Samba 4.0 that could prove useful to anyone looking for a way to either expand or more fully utilize the Samba 4 server functionality. PowerShell provides another avenue to script actions against a Samba Domain Controller.

The bottom line: Samba 4.0 is definitely early code and not enterprise-ready yet. As it matures, it will present an interesting option to larger organizations that rely on multiple Active Directory domains. If the Samba team meets its goal of a 9-month release cycle, we can hope to see a more scalable and useful version by late summer or early fall.

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