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The Official Samba-3 HOWTO and Reference Guide (Bruce Perens' Open Source Series) Paperback – October 22, 2003

ISBN-13: 007-6092025788 ISBN-10: 0131453556 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Bruce Perens' Open Source Series
  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR; 1 edition (October 22, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131453556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131453555
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,972,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

"The breadth of technical information provided in this book ensures that even the most demanding of administrators will find something they need."
--Andrew Tridgell, President of the Samba Team and the original author of Samba

The practical, authoritative, step-by-step guide to cutting IT costs with Samba-3!

This is the definitive guide to using Samba-3 in production environments. It begins with the immense amount of HOWTO information published by the Samba Team and volunteers around the world . . . but that's just the beginning. The book's Samba Team editors have organized and edited this material around the practical needs of working Windows(R) administrators. UNIX(R)/Linux administrators will find all the answers they need as well.

Whether you're deploying Samba for the first time, integrating Samba into a Windows 200x Active Directory environment, migrating from NT 4 or Samba 2.x, or using Samba in a UNIX/Linux environment, you'll find step-by-step solutions, carefully edited for accuracy, practicality, and clarity. You'll learn all you need to make intelligent deployment decisions, get running fast, and use Samba-3's powerful new features to maximize performance and minimize cost.

Step-by-step installation techniques and proven configurations that work "right out of the box."

  • Essential Samba-3 information that leverages your Windows networking knowledge
  • Detailed coverage of Samba-3's powerful new user/machine account management, network browsing, and mapping capabilities
  • Authoritative explanations of advanced features such as interdomain trusts and loadable VFS file system drivers
  • Clear information on how Samba-3 handles Windows desktop/user policies and profiles
  • Practical techniques for optimizing network printing
  • Specific guidance for migration from Windows NT 4 or Samba 2.x
  • Troubleshooting techniques that draw on the knowledge of the entire Samba community

About the Author

Editors JOHN H. TERPSTRA and JELMER R. VERNOOIJ are members of the global Samba Team, a loose-knit group of about 30 people who contribute regularly to Samba. John H. Terpstra is a co-founder of the Samba Team.

Series Editor BRUCE PERENS is an Open Source evangelist, developer, and consultant whose software is a major component of most commercial embedded Linux offerings. He founded or co-founded Linux Standard Base, Open Source Initiative, and Software in the Public Interest. As Debian GNU/Linux Project Leader, he was instrumental in getting the system on two U.S. Space Shuttle flights.


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When things start getting large and complex is when this book really shines.
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I have already used the content of this book in many consulting jobs and have found it very useful.
"bjones411"
Sometimes it was difficult to determine what the meaning of some statements should be.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ruslan Moskalenko on March 4, 2004
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The book is great, it gives you all background, detailed description, step by step guides etc. All you need to know about samba is there. However you should keep in mind that this is pretty much a printed version of [...] , so the same content is available for free on the web site. I personally like old school paper books, that's the only reason I bought it. If you don't care, maybe you should check out the site first and it might be all you need.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By tmancill on February 19, 2004
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The Official Samba-3 HOWTO and Reference Guide is an ambitious work that is going to have a lot of admins slapping their foreheads and saying "Aha! So that's how it's done."
Having used Samba for quite a while, but never having felt confident enough to try anything overly exotic in the office, this book helped (and inspired) me to dust off my minimal configurations and go for more complete integration with the existing Windows infrastructure. The authors are knowledgable and speak from production experience, punctuating the technical content with helpful comments and best practices for folks who depend on Samba to get their job done. The tone of the book is also realistic about explaining what's in Samba, what might be in Samba, and what's not very likely to ever be in Samba. (I think it's great that members of the Samba team can be frank, and aren't taking advantage of an opportunity to toot their own horns, promise the moon and a bunch of vaporware.)
Even if you consider yourself fairly advanced with Samba configuration, this book - the distilled knowledge and experience of great number of HOWTOs and configuration examples - is likely to be useful for you. It's probably not for rank beginners, but that's part of being a good reference work for production admins.
My only complaint with the book has to do with a few typos and editing problems. (LaTex can be unforgiving, eh?) Also, I found Part II, the quick start/cookbook section, to be a little repetitive, and felt that it could have used a little more editorial oversight. (Hint: Don't read it straight through - you don't need to anyway.) But Part III, which is the meat of the book, is much better done, and I'd say damn near indispensible if you're serious about bridging the gulf between Un*x and Windows technologies in your workplace.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 3, 2003
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This book is a great step by step guide, reference, and learning tool. The organization allowed me to drill into those areas of interest without having to wade through unnecessary details. When I wanted to drill into the technology - the information was there! I was able to find concise, accurate instructions, as well as theory and background. I think it is especially helpful to the Windows skilled sysadmin who is looking to deploy or support UNIX interoperability. Having the help files at the end of the book was also very helpful. I would recommend this book to anyone who has both Linux/Unix and Windows systems!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J.P. on December 30, 2004
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Anxious to set up samba at home I headed down to the local bookstore and picked up this book at full price (perhaps the only samba 3 book there). I think I read about 1/4 of the book and have now decided it will be going back tomorrow. It's easy to read if you have some Windows and some Linux/UNIX experience, but every chapter is plagued with sentences an 8th grade student failing English could have pointed to problems! Sometimes it was difficult to determine what the meaning of some statements should be. In one chapter a discussion of non-encrypted passwords repeated advantages from the discussion of encrypted passwords, advantages that clearly do not exist!

It feels likes the HOWTOs from the Internet were simply copied, so why wasn't there time to edit?
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By William Hervey Allen on October 31, 2003
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What a fantastic reference! Not only does this fully explain how to install and configure Samba, but this includes how to troubleshoot and "insert" Samba in to a fully functioning Microsoft environment. This book includes a fantastic overview, and detailed discussion of how the Microsoft domain model works - invaluable for using Samba effectively.
The endless tidbits of information were invaluable to me when installing and configuring. For instance, just what happens when you run SWAT the first time..., How to get a sample server up quickly..., How to connect from UNIX/Linux clients... And, how to use LDAP authentication.
I highly recommend this HOWTO for anyone using Samba.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bagni Marco on December 29, 2004
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This book reports the Samba 2 configuration examples and seems to ignore that Samba 3 "talks" directly with LDAP without the numerous "scripts" that are reported in the examples. This ia a Samba 2 daptation to the LDAP directory service and simply sucks!

If you want to make a donation to the Samba "father" John Terpstra, then buy the book but for real stuff, simply go in Internet, you will find exactly the same obsolete documentation, not a word more nor less.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joaquin Menchaca on October 23, 2005
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I tried to get started with SAMBA, but could never get off the ground using material printed in many Linux books. After going through this book, I realized many key concepts that I was missing, such as windows domain accounts to Unix account mappings and such.

This book has an abundance of information in it. Some things that look exciting were some information about the PDC/BDC style integratrion and also Active Directory Kerberos integration. There's also a section on CUPS integration.

Overall I found this resource quite invaluable. Maybe there's online material that is better, but for printed text this is one of the best books out there...
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