Using Samba, 3rd Edition
A File & Print Server for Linux, Unix & Mac OS X
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: January 2007
Pages: 450

This book is the comprehensive guide to Samba administration, officially adopted by the Samba Team. Wondering how to integrate Samba's authentication with that of a Windows domain? 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!

The range of this book knows few bounds. 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 users see the folder they expect or a cryptic error message.

The current edition covers such advanced 3.x features as:

  • Integration with Active Directory and OpenLDAP
  • Migrating from Windows NT 4.0 domains to Samba
  • Delegating administrative tasks to non-root users
  • Central printer management
  • Advanced file serving features, such as making use of Virtual File System (VFS) plugins.

Samba is a cross-platform triumph: robust, flexible and fast, it turns a Unix or Linux system into a file and print server for Microsoft Windows network clients. This book will help you make your file and print sharing as 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.

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

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Beats 9 colors of s**t out of samba/docs

By Doug the AIX Admin

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  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples
  • Identifies Pitfalls


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Comments about oreilly Using Samba, 3rd Edition:

Everyone on the internet will tell you what settings they're using, usually in the context of something not working for them.

This book tells you what settings to use and some real world situations they apply to. More importantly it explains whats going on. Most of the online doco assumes a level of understanding of the impact of combinations of these settings. I'm not sure how I would obtain that level without this book.

Have I just let anyone on the domain into my UNIX servers or not? Do I even realize this question needs to be asked while following some tutorials blindly? Ruh-Roh Shaggy...

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