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Thursday, 27 December 2012

Raspberry Pi & Samba 4

An early Christmas present to myself in the form of a Raspberry PI, no specific plans for it but just wanted one.

I forgot to order a SD card with the OS installed but the wiki instructions and a 16GB card I used in my DSLR worked fine, up and running in less time than it took to download the .img file.

OS is Debian based and the repository is pretty up to date.  I'd recently read that Samba4 was now a full MS AD viable replacement and I fancied a crack at replacing the core services on my home network, currently fulfilled by my NAS.  Rumblings of a web authentication project at work which MS AD is being touted as the directory of choice (yes really) also gave me a good reason.

Install went fine, the rest not so.  Samba 4 requires DNS & Kerberos as partners in crime.  The Wiki was source code centric and alluded to an internal DNS service.  The repo build included BIND 9, which it took me ages to work out, but not Kerberos, which required an separate install.  Needless to say they didn't want to play nicely.

All in all after a few days playing I threw in the towel.  I've no doubt with some perseverance and cursing I could have got it working but figured that I don't really want something that complex running my house core.  One upgrade and pop, back to square one.

But I do like the PI