New install samba or LDAP

Alan DeKok aland at
Wed Dec 9 21:08:11 CET 2020

On Dec 9, 2020, at 2:49 PM, Tony Skalski via Freeradius-Users <freeradius-users at> wrote
> After years of running NPS for RADIUS we are getting started with
> freeRADIUS. Use will be primarily for our eduroam 802.1x wireless network.
> We have a single site with 4 AD DCs. Expected load is a few authentications
> per second (4,000 users, 10K+ devices).
> A few years back we migrated away from samba/winbind and all systems now
> use an LDAP-based sssd config. Most of the freeRADIUS guides I've come
> across document using samba; we are more familiar with LDAP than samba.

  The main reason people use Samba is for integration with Active Directory.  If you're not using AD, there's less reason to use Samba.

> What is the recommendation for new installations - samba or LDAP? Are there
> significant pros and cons to either approach? Thanks!

  If you don't need AD, just use LDAP.

  Alan DeKok.

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