Samba-AD – Advantages & Limitations
|Fully open source software released under GNU GPL v2 license that is free to use and free to distribute
In case the customer needs to use Sites and Trusts features, customer has to use the Windows RSAT management tool only.
||No limitations on the user or the computer account count, no licensing lockdowns. No limitations on number of domain controllers and their licensing.
|Support for Windows Server 2016 / 2019 schema is still under development/testing.
||Can still coexist with Windows Server 2016 or 2019 with workarounds.
|No unlearning or relearning process.
Administrators or the users do not glean any difference between either Microsoft AD or Samba-AD
||Implementation or upgrade process needs Linux Expertise
Samba-AD – Supported Applications for integration
Any application / device that supports Microsoft AD and standard authentication protocols can be integrated with Samba-AD out of the box without any specific customization.
Some Examples are:
- Security Devices: Cisco Integrated Security Engine, HP ArcSight SIEM Solution
- Core Banking Application: Finacle
- ERP: SAP
Gleaning from the above points, it won’t be incorrect to say that Samba Active Directory can completely and economically replace Microsoft Active Directory because you get the same functionality along with additional features and without having to pay a heavy licensing fee. When it comes to Samba AD, all you need to do is implement the directory service, and you’re good to go.