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Solaris & RBAC vs win2k3 & AD

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First of let me say that i deal with mostly small businesses that usually have only 1 to 3 servers. I have noticed that everytime i have them purchase a new server 50% or more of the cost comes from MS and its liscensing. Is there a way to have XP Pro authenticate to a solaris 10 server in an active directory style manor for rights and security purposes like they do with AD? I have not found much information about solaris10 windows integration.

I think the rest of the problems have been taken care of. Solaris does well with file and print services, it has a mail and database capabilities. Those are all the reasons i primaraly use windows SBS. But at $100 per seat that gets expensive.

I welcome your thoughts and experiences

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I don't believe Solaris has any native Win integration capabilites, instead relying on 3rd party software, eg SAMBA.

SAMBA IIRC/AFAIK as fairly advanced NT4 style domain setup and handling, (SAMBA can run as an NT4 PDC).

But as for AD type setup, I'm unsure where SAMBA is at?

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