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Using Samba, 3rd Edition


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.

Table of Contents
Chapter 1. An Introduction to Samba
Chapter 2. Installing Samba on a Unix System
Chapter 3. Configuring Windows Clients
Chapter 4. The Samba Configuration File
Chapter 5. Accounts, Authentication, and Authorization
Chapter 6. Advanced Disk Shares
Chapter 7. Printing
Chapter 8. Name Resolution and Network Browsing
Chapter 9. Domain Controllers
Chapter 10. Domain Member Servers
Chapter 11. Unix Clients
Chapter 12. Troubleshooting Samba

Appendix A. Summary of Samba Daemons and Commands
Appendix B. Downloading Samba with Subversion
Appendix C. Configure Options

Book Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: O’Reilly Media; 3rd Edition (January 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596007698
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596007690
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