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Linux Journal: Large Scale Samba Installations

Jul 25, 2003, 11:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Lechnyr)

"One of Samba's strengths is you can use it to blend your mix of Windows and Linux machines without needing a separate Windows NT/2000 Server. In this article, we describe some recommended methods for accomplishing a large scale Samba installation. Our focus includes the integration of Windows 2000 and XP Professional, two of the more popular clients currently used with Samba.

"To start with, we need to download the current stable version of Samba. As most prepackaged binaries are geared to work on a wide range of hardware, we're going to build Samba from scratch so we can benefit from using code specific to our architecture. It's important to verify that the source code hasn't been tampered with. We can do this by verifying the file's PGP signature and using the main Samba Distribution Key, all of which can be found at www.samba.org. Go ahead and download the samba-2.2.8.tar.gz, samba-2.2.8.tar.asc and samba-pubkey.asc files..."

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