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Hi, I have to setup a server with following requirements: 1. The server is based in US and the clients are in India 2. It should act as a file ...
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    Thumbs up samba server or samba with LDAP..


    Hi,

    I have to setup a server with following requirements:

    1. The server is based in US and the clients are in India
    2. It should act as a file server and a backup server(RAID 5 used)
    a. File server requirements
    . Should be able to logon users
    . Should restrict the users to a specific directory
    . Simultaneous access by minimum 15 users.
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    . Is it possible to have a remote samba server and clients in other place?
    . Simultaneous access?
    . My main concern is whether samba configuration is enough or i need to configure samba with LDAP.
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    . Is it possible to have a remote samba server and clients in other place?
    Yes, but you need to secure the connection by something like a WAN link (e.g. VPN over Internet (see IPSEC VPN (freeswan) or SSL VPN (openvpn)). This is mandatory as CIFS is not secure.

    . Simultaneous access?
    No problem

    . My main concern is whether samba configuration is enough or i need to configure samba with LDAP.
    Both can work. samba alone can be managed easily till 50 - 100 users.


    BUT
    CIFS is NOT a good protocol to work over long distance connection : it's a chaty protocol and latency will make it very slow to use. There is WAN optimisation appliance that can correct that it's very expensive.

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