Converting workgroup environment to domain environment

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Background:

At my company, we're currently operating in a workgroup environment. We would like to switch to a domain environment. We have two servers running linux, one server running Windows Server 2003, and roughly 20 workstations. The workstations are all XP Pro except for 2 laptops running Vista.

The Windows server is used as a terminal server, and really does nothing else. The original intent was to utilize thin clients, but this has not happened. Currently, the Windows server is very much underutilized, with 0-1 connections being the norm. (Yes, it does get used, just not much.)

One linux server is our file server. It also runs openldap, subversion, and a few other tools. We want to use ldap as a central location for credentials to various services. (logons, vpn, file shares, email, subversion, etc.)

Questions:

Is it advisable to use the Windows server as a terminal server and primary domain controller using Active Directory? (We're considering using samba to be the PDC, but then we lose some of the capability that AD offers, most notably group policy editing.)

Does Active Directory work well with OpenLDAP to synchronize passwords?

Is there a better solution I'm missing?
 
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