What is possible?

Hi all, I asked a question yesterday and got a great answer. So thank you for that.

I have another question, about what is possible with my setup.

I currently have several computers in my house, all running win 10. I have them on a domain connected to my win2016 server for file sharing and AD.

I’m currently moving one of my machines to Linux (pop!_os) permanently. I’m sure the other machines will follow in time.

I’ve seen that you can join a domain when installing ubuntu, and from what I can see I can join the domain with some work in Pop!. My question is how close can I get to my current win 10 setup but with Linux. Domain login through AD, auto connect to user map drives, auto connect to shares?

Any information would be useful as I’m not ready or in a position to abandon Win2016 just yet.

Thanks in advance

Hi, I think the answer is “pretty close”, depending on your distro. Some file managers are better than others with regards to “samba” integration, but historically “I” would consider “samba” to be better as Windows file sharing that a Windows machine, albeit configuring enterprise level permissions gets more interesting.

I currently use KUbuntu so have the “Dolphin” file manager. If I click on “Network” I’m offered “Bluetooth”, “Google Drive”, “MTP Devices” and “Shared Folders (SMB)”. Double click on the last one and it scans the network for local Windows file servers. Once you’ve navigated to a server/folder you want, you can right click and “Add to Places” and it becomes a permanent shortcut on your folder list. So next visit (after reboot for example), double click on the shortcut should take you there …


Thanks for the reply… Pretty close sounds positive. I guess I need to work out what and how to do similar in Pop! Or move to KUbuntu

Do you know if once I’ve connected to AD, it will use the credentials on the shared. Various shares in 2016 are locked to certain users or groups.


Once you connect, as soon as you try to access something that’s not public, it should either ask for credentials or look for saved credentials … but then it will only be able to see files within the security scope of the credentials you provide. i.e. it should do what a Windows box does …

Ok thanks… I will have a play…