Installing Samba 4 domain controller on Raspberry Pi running Archlinux ARM

Let’s try it

On December 11, 2012, Samba 4 was released, bringing few very interesting features, Active Directory Compatible Server being one of them. What that means is that you can set up Active Directory, supporting Group Policies, Roaming Profiles, replication and other ADDS features without having to use Windows Server.

Finally finding some extra time, I decided to give it a try on my Raspberry Pi which was just lying unused. “The reason to have a domain controller at home, on Raspberry Pi?” you ask? Well, mainly it is “just because I can”.

If you would like to try this as well, here goes a little guide I came up to make the things easier for you.

Installing Archlinux ARM on Raspberry Pi

Installing Archlinux ARM does not really differs from installation of any other Linux distribution on Raspberry Pi, so if you done this before, you can skip this part of the guide. If you did not, here is how to do that:

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Troubleshooting slow logon issues on domain-joined workstation/server

Sometimes you may face an issue when logging on to the workstation/server which is joined to the domain, logon process at step “Applying user settings” takes a lot of time. The procedures defined below might help you to locate the cause of this problem.Клещ

By default logging of domain user actions (apply of group policies, profile loading etc.) are not being logged anywhere in retail builds of “Windows” operating system. Despite that, that log information is essential when troubleshooting slow logons problems, so you can enable the logging doing those steps: Continue reading