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Jeremy Allison: Samba 2.2.0 - Powering the next generation of Network Attached Storage

Apr 17, 2001, 22:00 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeremy Allison)

The Samba Team is proud to announce a new major release of Samba, version 2.2.0. This release includes significant feature enhancements for Samba, and sets the standard for UNIX and Microsoft Windows integration.

Enhancements include :

  • Integration of server terminated leases (Windows "oplocks") with UNIX NFS sharing (Linux 2.4 kernel and IRIX only). Complete data and locking integrity when sharing files between UNIX and Windows.
  • Ability to act as an authentication source for Windows 2000 and Windows NT clients, allowing savings on the purchase of Microsoft Client Access Licenses.
  • Full support for the automatic downloading of Windows 2000 and Windows NT printer drivers, providing the first full implementation of the Windows NT point-and-print functionality independent of Microsoft code.
  • Unification of Windows 2000 and Windows NT Access control lists (ACLs) with UNIX Access control lists. Allow Windows clients to directly manipulate UNIX Access control entries as though they were Windows ACLs.
  • Single sign-on integration using the winbind server (available separately). Allow UNIX servers to use Windows 2000 and Windows NT Domain controllers as a user and group account server. Manage all user and group accounts from a single source.
  • Microsoft Distributed File System (DFS) support. Samba 2.2.0 can act as a DFS server in a Microsoft network.
  • Share level security setting. Allow security on Samba shares to be set by Microsoft client tools.
  • Many other feature enhancements and bug fixes.

About Samba
Samba is an Open Source/Free Software implementation of the Microsoft CIFS/SMB protocols for UNIX systems. In development for ten years, Samba is considered to be the reference implementation of the CIFS/SMB protocol for UNIX systems. Samba test tools are used by all the CIFS/SMB vendors to test and fix their protocol implementations.

Samba is currently used in Network attached storage (NAS) and other products from the following vendors (Note: this does not imply endorsement by these vendors, please contact the vendor marketing departments separately for comments).

IBM, SGI (Samba for IRIX), Sun Microsystems (Cobalt Qube), Hewlett Packard (CIFS/9000), VERITAS, VA Linux Systems, REALM Information Technologies, Network Concierge, Procom and many others.

In addition, Samba is shipped as a standard part of Linux offerings from Linux vendors such as Red Hat, Caldera, SuSE, Mandrake, TurboLinux and others.

Samba is being used worldwide to solve the problem of integrating hetrogeneous networks by corporations such as Agilent Technologies, CISCO Systems, and many others in addition to educational establishments and individuals

Best of all Samba is an Open Source/Free software project, available under the GNU GPL license meaning that source code for Samba is freely available for anyone to modify and customize.

Code from the Samba Team and individuals around the world has been integrated and tested to create Samba. In addition the following corporations have made significant donations of code, effort, testing facilities and support to make this release possible :

Linuxcare (now TurboLinux), VA Linux Systems, Caldera, SGI, Hewlett Packard, VERITAS, IBM.

This new release may be downloaded from our Web site at :

http://www.samba.org