Using Samba, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: February 2003
Pages: 560

This book, which has been officially adopted by the Samba Team and is under the GNU Free Documentation License (FDL), is a comprehensive guide to Samba administration. The 2nd edition focuses on Samba 2.2 and covers the most important features of 3.0, which was under development as this book went to print.

Samba is a cross-platform triumph: it turns a Unix or Linux system into a file and print server for Microsoft Windows network clients. Samba is so robust, flexible, fast, and secure that many people are choosing it over Windows NT/2000/XP for their file and print services. Samba is also free software, licensed under the GNU General Public License.

This book will help you make file and print sharing as robust, powerful, and efficient as possible. The authors delve into the internals of the Windows activities and protocols to an unprecedented degree, explaining the strengths and weaknesses of each feature in Windows domains and in Samba itself.

Using Samba takes you from basic installation and configuration--on both the client and server side, for a wide range of systems--to subtle details of security, cross-platform compatibility, and resource discovery that make the difference between whether a user sees the folder they expect or a cryptic error message.

The range of this book knows few bounds. Wondering how to integrate Samba's authentication with that of a Windows PDC? How to get Samba to serve Microsoft Dfs shares? How to share files on Mac OS X? These and a dozen other issues of interest to system administrators are covered. A whole chapter is dedicated to troubleshooting.

Whether you're playing on one note or a full three-octave range, on your personal computer or an enterprise network, Using Samba will give you an efficient and secure server.

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Using Samba, 2nd Edition Review

By ckjmaner

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I own and have extensively used the original Using Samba edition by O'Reilly and find it nothing short of helpful, useful, right and a great reference. I recommend this book at the original did not touch on WinXP. (Although, arguably, WinXP setup is little different albeit a little different look/feel.) Nonetheless, Samba 2.2.x was not out at the time of the original Using Samba and Using Samba 2nd Ed. addresses Samba 2.2.x. Good and recommended read.

 
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Using Samba, 2nd Edition Review

By W.R.

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Excellent book, for someone who knew nothing about SAMBA this book "took me by the hand" and walked me thru installation all the way thru securing the network.

I've enjoyed running Linux but never enjoyed having to swap files over CD's or floppies and this tool made all that go away.

Well written and easily understood.

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Using Samba, 2nd Edition Review

By Chris in Illinois

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Indespensible

As a Windows user in a 12-step recovery plan, I had a lot to learn how real computing was done. Getting my Linux Box to work and play well with my other Windows box has proven to be the toughest part of the transition.

Given my lack of experience in this realm, my transformation from Windows guy to Linux guy would simply not have been possible.

My only criticism is pretty minor. I use the Red Hat 9 distribution, so some of the directories where daemons and files are located are different. A bit of digging resolves any questions. While there are a bazillion different Linux/Samba distributions, I submit that Red Hat is a big enough player that merits a bit more real estate for users.

But back to the core message. This book is Definitive

 
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Using Samba, 2nd Edition Review

By Chris in Illinois

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Comments about oreilly Using Samba, 2nd Edition:

Indespensible

As a Windows user in a 12-step recovery plan, I had a lot to learn how real computing was done. Getting my Linux Box to work and play well with my other Windows box has proven to be the toughest part of the transition.

Given my lack of experience in this realm, my transformation from Windows guy to Linux guy would simply not have been possible.

My only criticism is pretty minor. I use the Red Hat 9 distribution, so some of the directories where daemons and files are located are different. A bit of digging resolves any questions. While there are a bazillion different Linux/Samba distributions, I submit that Red Hat is a big enough player that merits a bit more real estate for users.

But back to the core message. This book is The Definitive Reference.

 
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Using Samba, 2nd Edition Review

By Chris in Illinois

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Comments about oreilly Using Samba, 2nd Edition:

Indespensible

As a Windows user in a 12-step recovery plan, I had a lot to learn how real computing was done. Getting my Linux Box to work and play well with my other Windows box has proven to be the toughest part of the transition.

Given my lack of experience in this realm, my transformation from Windows guy to Linux guy would simply not have been possible.

My only criticism is pretty minor. I use the Red Hat 9 distribution, so some of the directories where daemons and files are located are different. A bit of digging resolves any questions. While there are a bazillion different Linux/Samba distributions, I submit that Red Hat is a big enough player that merits a bit more real estate for users.

But back to the core message. This book is Definitive

 
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Using Samba, 2nd Edition Review

By Chris in Illinois

from Undisclosed

Comments about oreilly Using Samba, 2nd Edition:

Indespensible

As a Windows user in a 12-step recovery plan, I had a lot to learn how real computing was done. Getting my Linux Box to work and play well with my other Windows box has proven to be the toughest part of the transition.

Given my lack of experience in this realm, my transformation from Windows guy to Linux guy would simply not have been possible.

My only criticism is pretty minor. I use the Red Hat 9 distribution, so some of the directories where daemons and files are located are different. A bit of digging resolves any questions. While there are a bazillion different Linux/Samba distributions, I submit that Red Hat is a big enough player that merits a bit more real estate for users.

But back to the core message. This book is Definitive

 
5.0

Using Samba, 2nd Edition Review

By Chris in Illinois

from Undisclosed

Comments about oreilly Using Samba, 2nd Edition:

Indespensible

As a Windows user in a 12-step recovery plan, I had a lot to learn how real computing was done. Getting my Linux Box to work and play well with my other Windows box has proven to be the toughest part of the transition.

Given my lack of experience in this realm, my transformation from Windows guy to Linux guy would simply not have been possible.

My only criticism is pretty minor. I use the Red Hat 9 distribution, so some of the directories where daemons and files are located are different. A bit of digging resolves any questions. While there are a bazillion different Linux/Samba distributions, I submit that Red Hat is a big enough player that merits a bit more real estate for users.

But back to the core message. This book is Definitive

 
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Using Samba, 2nd Edition Review

By Chad Beers

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Using Samba, second Edition, is comprehensive, concise, and generally what one would expect from Oreilly, quality documentation. As a Unix person, this book was extremely helpful in making clear a subject that Microsoft seems to have taken great pains to obscure - SMB.

In response to the first reviewer, I could churn my own butter or make my own ketchup, but I don't. Others do it better than I and so I will continue to buy good documentation. Great book, I recommend it without reservation.

Chad Beers

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Using Samba, 2nd Edition Review

By Tim O'Reilly

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I wanted to reply to the comments of the preceding anonymous poster, who asked why we would publish a printed copy of documentation that is available for free online as the official documentation of the Samba project. Clearly the poster hasn't done his homework. We hired and paid people to write the book, and donated it to the Samba project as its official documentation. We had the cooperation of the core team to be sure, but without the efforts and funding of O'Reilly (including a substantial amount of time from one of our staff writers), this book wouldn't exist.

Even without that fact, though, there are many good reasons for printing and selling nicely bound copies of books that are available online.

In any event, anonymous, I think you owe us an apology.

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