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By scminter ·
Can I replace my NT server with a linux server and have the linux server be my PDC?

I am a small business with one NT 4 server that acts as my proxy, email server, anti-virus, and NAT.

The server also acts as the PDC.

Client PCs (35) log into the domain, then login to an HP-UX server to run our ERP software. Changing the passwords is a real hassle because of the synchronization needed.

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by McKayTech In reply to Unified Login

You certainly can do this. The key package will be Samba which essentially emulates an NT Server by providing SMB-based printer and file shares, WINS and domain controller services.

If I could offer one suggestion, though, it would be to add an additional box to split off some of the services. Using a Linux variant called Bering, you can build a box that will contain all the software to do proxy, firewall and NAT (and DHCP if needed) and will boot off a single floppy. This box needs no hard drive, only 32meg of RAM and a Pentium-100 or greater CPU. The link is http://leaf.sourceforge.net.

For the server to replace the NT Server, I would use Redhat Linux and install postfix (instead of sendmail), Samba (as mentioned above) and a good anti-virus product.

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paul

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by scminter In reply to Unified Login

Thank you for your help. I can migrate my email server software (communigatepro) and antivirus (sophos) because both run on unix/linux.

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