In order for me to configure
Samba to use the
Windows Active Directory authentication, do I need to join a domain? Can I do that without joining the domain?
I almost didn't answer because the follow-up post looked like a 'bump' post.
You can get AD-like passwords without joining the domain via the pam_smb package. It only does password checking, and doesn't check groups, GPOs, nothing. We've used it in the past, and it coexists with other auth methods well, and even authenticates over a VPN (eg vtun) to a far remote ad box.