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Linux Samba Server Administration (Craig Hunt Linux Library) Paperback – November 13, 2000

ISBN-13: 002-5211227404 ISBN-10: 0782127401 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 628 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; 1 edition (November 13, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0782127401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0782127409
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.6 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #991,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Authoritative Answers to All Your Samba Questions

Linux Samba Server Administration is the most complete, most advanced guide to Samba you’ll find anywhere. Written by a leading Linux expert, this book teaches you, step-by-step, all the standard and advanced Samba techniques you'll need to make Linux and UNIX machines operate seamlessly as part of your Windows network. Throughout, scores of clear, consistent examples illustrate these techniques in detail—so you stay on track and accomplish all your goals. Coverage includes:

  • Installing Samba
  • Setting up file sharing
  • Setting up printer sharing
  • Using Samba as a client
  • Setting up a working user authentication system
  • Using automation to expand Samba's capabilities
  • Setting up Samba as a domain controller
  • Configuring NetBIOS name server functions
  • Configuring Samba for optimal interoperation with other servers
  • Managing user accounts
  • Optimizing Samba for maximum speed
  • Securing Samba against intrusion
  • Using Samba as a backup server
  • Troubleshooting Samba
  • Configuring Samba to work with a variety of client OSs

About the Library
The Craig Hunt Linux Library is an eight-book set that provides in-depth, advanced coverage of the key topics for Linux administrators. Topics include Samba, System Administration, Sendmail, Apache, NFS and Automounter, and Linux Security. Each book in the library is either written by or meticulously reviewed by Craig Hunt to ensure the highest quality and most complete coverage of networking professionals working specifically in Linux environments.

About the Author

Roderick W. Smith has long used and administered a wide variety of OSs in cross-platform network environments, using Samba and other servers. He is the author of four other books, including The Multi-Boot Configuration Handbook and Linux: Networking for Your Office.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John P. Hoke on October 7, 2002
Format: Paperback
Ok, firstly, I am *not* a fan of Microsoft File Sharing (SMB/Samba) as it is usually set up poorly, and quite insecurely. That said...
There are times where one has no choice but to use Windows Networking, and truth-be-told, the Samba implementation of the SMB protocol (Windows Networking) is (in my opinion) faster, less buggy, and more secure than the native Windows version.
Now, as with any network file sharing scheme, the System Admin *must* know how to properly configure & secure the system. That is where this wonderful book comes in.
Within these 600+ pages, Mr. Smith shows he understands his topic like the back of his hand, deftly helping newbie and experienced SA alike with both the basic configurations of file & print sharing, as well as esoterica of the SMB protocol suite.
Another feature about this book that I find exemplary is that the author speaks to *Nix admins about Windows file sharing like *Nix admins, not Windows admins trying to figure out how to share a file with a Unix user. This is very important to keep the number of pages about how to use "cat" "less" "vi" or other common tools to a minimum...
Overall, this is one of the best Samba books I have found, and highly recommend it to anyone deploying Windows file sharing in a mixed environment.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Marpo Ri on January 18, 2002
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This is by far the best book I have read covering Samba. The beauty of this book is that it covers the topic from a Linux Admin's point of view, but explains the Windows networking and client setup -- including how to do logon scripts, etc. It also explains how to set up a Domain Server using Samba. I was dissapointed though is that it hasn't yet been updated to the current version of Samba 2.2. I was really hoping for up-to-date information on Domain Configurations -- however, the information was complete and I have found the book to be very helpful.
There was only one question in the advanced setup that I could think of that this book didn't answer. That was how to deal with a multi-domain set-up and the impact that has on browsing.
I was very pleased that this book even had a section on the protocols and how to integrate or block these messages for use over a VPN or how to keep the bad-guys out with firewaling.
Basically, very complete and explains every thing clearly. I would just appreciate a second edition (even a subscription to this book's editions).
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
I ordered this book and found it quite helpful in setting up Samba on my TurboLinux server. This is my first attempt at what may be replacing Novell and NT file and print servers. The book offered plenty of helpful information on the SWAT and manual editing of smb.conf file. I now have 2 servers up and running in test mode and introducing them slowly into production as I learn more by reading this helpful book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert Dobos on January 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book actually taught me more about Active Directory and NT domain administration than I learnd in MCSE class.
It thoroughly covers setup from simple file sharing to integrating Macintosh computers into an smb network, creating a domain controller and using a windoze domain to control the linux shares, using the linux box for roaming profiles, etc..
I usually buy these books, look up a few things in them and shelve them, but I actually read this from cover to cover.
I don't know how newbie friendly it is for linux, as it assumes a bit of knowledge as far as how to work with linux directory permissions, linux file structure and the like.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GameMaker VINE VOICE on January 6, 2006
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My background is that I'm a former UNIX admin and now just have a small home (windows) network with a Linux server. I just wanted to set up a simple Samba configuration to share files. I looked in some of the all-purpose Linux books and they mainly devoted 4-5 pages tops to Samba, which I found to be insufficient, even for my simple needs.

This book on the other hand is kind of overkill (for me). It's 600 pages devoted to nothing but Samba, and things related to samba. It goes through all kinds of networking topics, describing the history of all the different networking layers, what they do, and so forth.

The strength of the book is that it takes you through windows and Linux networking in great detail, and if you read it cover to cover I'm sure you'll really know your stuff. The examples in the book are sufficient, but not great. Rest assured that whatever you need to know about Samba you'll find in this book (eventually).

The weakness of this book is that it's not organized in such a way that it will serve as a very good reference, and it's extremely verbose.
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