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IBM developerWorks: Inside Samba 2.2 - New, improved, and enterprise-ready

Apr 28, 2001, 13:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Daniel Robbins)

[ Thanks to Jeremy Allison for this link. ]

"In this article, Daniel Robbins explains how Samba 2.2 improves on the already-excellent Samba 2.0.8 to create an incredibly powerful enterprise-ready Unix/Windows integration solution. The new Samba 2.2 offers a host of new improvements, including Windows 2000 client and Windows NT domain controller support, to name just a few."

"If you're like me, you're very familiar with the incredible importance of a particular piece of free software called Samba. For years many of us have been using Samba valiantly to integrate Unix and Windows systems into a single, unified networking environment. We've successfully configured Samba 2.0.x to serve files and handle print jobs for Windows machines, even to authenticate Windows logins. And some of us have even been fortunate enough to get Samba 2.0.x to function as a Windows NT Primary Domain Controller, or PDC, allowing a Linux or Unix server to act as a central control point for an entire Windows NT domain. Yes, for the last few years, the Samba 2.0.x series has allowed us to do a lot of amazing things, which many once thought impossible."

"Of course, if you're familiar with the Samba 2.0.x series, you also know that Samba has its share of limitations. Samba 2.0.x veterans know that the key to a successful Samba installation is to be keenly aware of these limitations and to work around them. As long as Samba is used appropriately, it has proven to be a very reliable solution, often much more reliable than Windows NT itself. However, if you've ever used one of Samba's less-than-stable features, you may have easily created problems for yourself. Over the past several years it has been these quirks that have made Samba 2.0.x an almost perfect Windows/Unix integration solution."

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