Samba LVS Introduction


As networks size is growing, some load-balancing solutions may be considered. But for some protocols, name resolutions problems emerge as well as full connection dialog. In the Samba particular case, it exists some solutions through DFS implementation, but it keeps a full load for authentification purpose. We intents here to present a way to have a Samba PDC architecture that will be distributed through a LVS director.

As this solution has been recently tested, we can say that it works, but some other problems appear. So we cannot say right now that we have an answer for a complete Samba load-balancing process. Here is the modus operandi used to get a distributed authentication and shares access. For name resolution and browsing process, we still have to investigate, some ideas are to be tested.

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