[K12OSN] smbldap-installer Do I need Winbind?

James P. Kinney III jkinney at localnetsolutions.com
Mon Dec 31 19:55:21 UTC 2007

winbind is the windows equivalent of DNS for supporting non-RFC
compliant name<->IP address resolution specifically associated with
windows domains. Since windows domains can exist that are not internet
capable, they need a way to resolve a machine name to an IP address for
a share access. Linux as a samba server with winbind works quite well
(within the limits of the winbind design_. If you need it, you will know
because suddenly windows desktops will not be able to browse the windows
network for machines with shares.

On Mon, 2007-12-31 at 11:40 -0500, Rob Owens wrote:
> I'm testing out a Linux-based domain controller using the 
> smbldap-installer.  The installer script automatically installed 
> winbind, but I'm not sure I really need it.  Is winbind's only purpose 
> to authenticate a Linux machine against a Windows domain controller? (If 
> so, then I don't need winbind).
> I removed winbind and my setup still seems to work, but I'm afraid that 
> my testing might be insufficient.  Any advice is welcome.
> -Rob
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