[Gllug] Samba & MS Windows 7

Alain Williams addw at phcomp.co.uk
Sun Apr 11 12:30:45 UTC 2010

On Sun, Apr 11, 2010 at 11:35:01AM +0100, Richard Jones wrote:
> On Sat, Apr 10, 2010 at 04:46:10PM +0100, JLMS wrote:
> > You could actually have Linux desktops only, then install VirtualBox
> > and create WIndowsXP virutal machines with all the necessary Windows
> > software needed, That way all the infrastructure is something you can
> > handle and trust and your users keep their Windows software on their
> > desktops.
> I guess .. if he wanted a setup that is even more complex than just
> using Windows on the desktop.
> The way to virtualize this setup properly is to use VDI, where all the
> virtual machines sit in on central, managed server and the "desktops"
> are just dumb clients.  It's still unlikely to be helpful for Alain
> unless he has dozens of desktops to manage.

Yes: I can't really see how virtualisation would help, I can just see myself
buying problems when they try something like plugging a USB device in ... straight
MS Windows is going to be simpler - & when there are problems Linux won't be blamed.
There are 8 desktops, most are old MS XP machines, one MS Vista (home :-( )
laptop & 2 Linux (1 CentOS, 1 Debian).

I just want to know if people have any experience of MS Version 7 & them
authentiating off Samba.

Alain Williams
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