After ten years of work and six years after the last major release, the developers of the Samba team have announced the release of Samba 4.0, the latest version of the free software implementation of the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol. Samba 4 introduces long-awaited support for Microsoft's Active Directory technology by implementing a combination of an LDAP directory server, a Heimdal Kerberos authentication server, a Dynamic DNS service (via its own DNS server or a BIND plugin) and all the needed remote procedure calls to fulfil the function of an Active Directory Domain Controller for all currently supported versions of Microsoft Windows, including Windows 8.
Samba 4 can provide Group Policies, Roaming Profiles and other features to administer systems in a Windows domain as well as integrate with Exchange servers and compatible open source alternatives. Samba's support for Active Directory is completely transparent to clients which means that a Samba-based Domain Controller can be integrated into existing Active Directory domains. To help with a smooth migration...Read more at The H