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eWeek: Samba 3.0 Does Windows Even Better

Oct 28, 2003, 20:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jason Brooks)

"The latest version of Samba, the free software that provides systems running Linux and Unix with Windows-compatible file and print services, now works more closely than ever with Windows. Samba 3.0, which became available last month, enables machines to join an Active Directory domain as a native member and to authenticate users with LDAP and Kerberos. For companies that use Active Directory, these improvements can make a mixed- platform server environment easier to manage.

"Samba now supports publishing printer attributes in Active Directory and can establish trust relationships with Windows NT 4.0 domain controllers.

"Samba cannot yet serve as an Active Directory domain controller or a Windows NT-style backup domain controller. However, its capability as an NT-style primary domain controller offers sites that have held off on deploying Active Directory a strong option for replacing their Windows file and print servers with Linux boxes running Samba--for which they needn't buy client access licenses..."

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