The Official Samba 3: How to and Reference Guide (Bruce Perens' Open Source) Paperback – 8 Aug 2005
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From the Back Cover
Fully Updated to Reflect Major Improvements and Configuration Changes in Samba-3.0.11 through 3.0.20+!
You’ve deployed Samba: Now get the most out of it with today’s definitive guide to maximizing Samba performance, stability, reliability, and power in your production environment. Direct from members of the Samba Team, The Official Samba-3 HOWTO and Reference Guide, Second Edition, offers the most systematic and authoritative coverage of Samba’s advanced features and capabilities. It has been extensively updated to reflect major improvements in the Samba-3.0 series of releases and additional performance enhancements in Samba-3.0.20 and later.
Use this book to go far beyond basic deployment, leveraging all of Samba’s components, from directory services to remote administration. Use it to find practical optimization techniques for any environment, from the workgroup to the enterprise. Use it to find detailed guidance and best practices for troubleshooting and problem solving. And, if your background is in Windows networking, use this book to get up to speed rapidly with Samba network administration in Linux/UNIX environments.Coverage includes
- NEW! User Rights and Privileges features and their impact on default system behavior
- NEW! Expanded LDAP capabilities, the new Winbind subsystem, and Samba’s improved ACL handling
- NEW! Detailed coverage of the powerful Samba-3.x net local/remote administration utility
- NEW! Comprehensive documentation of IDMAP functionality
- NEW! Proven techniques for improving performance with large directories
- NEW! Samba integration with Windows Server 2003 and the latest versions of Active Directory
- Advanced techniques: interdomain trusts, loadable VFS file system drivers, distributed authentication, desktop profile management, CUPS printing, high availability, and more
- Contains a dramatically improved, more-detailed index
About the Author
John H. Terpstra is a long-time member of the global Samba Team, a loose-knit group of about thirty people who contribute regularly to Samba.
Jelmer R. Vernooij is a long-time member of the global Samba Team, a loose-knit group of about thirty people who contribute regularly to Samba.
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The book has six parts, with Part 1 discussing general installation. Part 2 discusses server configuration issues, such as various server types, domain control, and domain membership. This part also presents a Microsoft network configuration guide. This is useful for people with a Unix background who need to familiarize themselves with Windows. Part 3 presents advanced configuration challenges, and is the largest part of the book. It elucidates topics such as network browsing, account information databases (like lightweight directory access protocol (LDAP)), identity mapping, locking issues, access control methods, security, Microsoft distributed file systems, print support, use of domain accounts, and high availability.
Part 4 discusses migration and updating from earlier versions of Samba to the one current at the time of the book's printing (3.0.20), and from the Windows domain controller to the Samba domain controller. It also discusses the Samba Web administration tool. Part 5 is an overview of troubleshooting Samba issues. As with any network-based application, the sniffing tools tcpdump and ethereal are recommended. These are the right tools, and administrators should definitely use them for troubleshooting to get clues as to what is wrong before posting to user groups and posting bugs. Part 6 is a reference section addressing compiling, Samba manual pages, performance tuning, and portability.
There are many nice things about the book. One is that it includes a list of common errors at the end of each chapter. This is very useful, as it helps in preparing for troubleshooting the deployment errors. The book also contains references to Microsoft nomenclature and Web sites throughout, so that an administrator can connect the dots between a Samba implementation and the compatible Microsoft setup. The book offers a clear path to understanding Samba, with the use of boxed highlights, example configurations, tables, and diagrams. It would have been nice to see a reference to the Samba source files. Although a large percentage of users may not care for them, it would have been helpful, in the open source spirit, to include the source code references at all appropriate places in the book so that aspiring Samba developers could refer to them.
This book should be a welcome addition to the libraries of system administrators who use Samba to provide file server capabilities in their networks and who want to use Samba's powerful features.
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