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Samba-3 by Example: Practical Exercises to Successful Deployment (2nd Edition) Paperback – August 18, 2005

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 2 edition (August 18, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 013188221X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131882218
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #982,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Samba-3 by Example provides useful, thoroughly documented explanations for all aspects of a Samba deployment. They’re the same kind of patient answers I got when my dad taught me how to ride a bike without training wheels. Now, if only dad knew active Directory....”

—Will Enestvedt, UNIX System Administrator, Johnson & Wales University
“When my colleague and I were first reading John Terpstra’s Samba-3 by Example, we were impressed by how easy it was to find the chapter we wanted to implement, and the ease of following his step-by-step approach. We always felt Terpstra was there with us, for every configuration line. It was like having our own personal tutor. I always take his book to every client that uses Samba. Additionally, Terpstra does something most authors don’t, he keeps his documentation up to date. When we were doing our first implementation, he just released the update that morning; we downloaded it, printed it, and implemented it. Now, to me, that is cutting-edge technology at its best.”

—Steven C. Henry
“A cook learns to follow a recipe until he has mastered the art. This is your cookbook to successful Windows networks. I followed this recipe to migrate our NT4 domain to Samba-3, and the recipe just worked great. I could not have completed this project without the Samba-3 by Example book—it brings dry, lifeless man-pages down to the reality IT support people face.”

—Geoff Scott, IT Systems Administrator, Guests Furniture Hire Pty Ltd
“I used the book Samba-3 by Example to get started at 8:30 last night. I finished my complete PDC and it was up and running in six hours with Windows 2000 and XP Pro clients ready for work in the morning. That’s from someone who is brand new to Linux. This book is awesome!”

—Jesse Knudsen, Windows Systems Administrator
The Practical, Tested, Step-by-Step Samba-3 Guidebook Has Now Been Fully Updated!

The definitive Samba-3 guidebook has been completely updated to reflect the latest Samba releases and migration techniques. This book’s complete configuration files, step-by-step implementation instructions, network diagrams, and automated scripts make deployment a breeze—even if you've never worked with Samba before. From small office networks to enterprise environments, here are proven configurations, backed by guidance from one of the world’s most respected Samba experts, Samba Team contibutor John H. Terpstra.

This edition has added comprehensive diagnostic techniques and validation steps, as well as solutions to common implementation mistakes: everything you need to assure reliability and performance regardless of your network environment. In response to reader requests, the author has also added detailed coverage of updating existing Samba networks, as well as a practical primer on how Samba stores essential network information. Samba-3 by Example, Second Edition, covers all these scenarios, and more.

  • Deploying “no frills” servers for small, convenient networks
  • Implementing small- to-mid-sized networks using basic security
  • Implementing full-fledged enterprise network environments, with tips for enhancing availability and performance
  • Building secure, scalable networks with domain logons and roaming profiles
  • Deploying Samba in environments that utilize routers and firewalls
  • Examples that minimize desktop management requirements, using policy controls and folder redirection
  • Integrating Samba-3 with Windows Server 2003 and Microsoft Active Directory domains
  • Migrating seamlessly from Windows NT 4 to Samba-3
  • Adding Samba servers as Windows domain members
  • Configuring DHCP, DNS, and OpenLDAP servers to get the most out of your Samba network
  • An example of Squid, using Windows authentication through Samba
  • Estimating server hardware, using the practical guidelines included here

If you’re a Windows network administrator responsible for deploying or managing Samba, Samba-3 by Example, Second Edition, is your indispensable resource.

CD-ROM Included

The CD-ROM contains all example configuration files, scripts, and tools covered in the book.



About the Author

John H. Terpstra is a long-time member of the global Samba Team, a loose-knit group of about thirty people who contribute regularly to Samba.




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Overall, I would highly recommend this book to anyone trying to set up and use SAMBA.
P. Cayley
For each one of these situations the author dissects the technical issues, discusses each one, and then walks the reader through the implementing.
Harold McFarland
It is a great book both for novices and for experienced administrators newly faced with unix/windows integration with samba.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bryan J. Smith on May 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
First off, I was a contributing author on Samba Unleashed. Samba Unleashed is now over 4 years old, written for Samba 2.x.
I have been loosely following Samba 3, largely implementing Samba 2.2 with NIS and pGINA. Although I am very familiar with Kerberos, I have not tackled Samba 3 with it yet, let alone LDAP. So I was looking for a good update on Samba 3.
This book starts out slow, but it's "no fluff" -- rim with examples and specifics on what you want to use. Nothing to fancy in the beginning, but just enough for the newbie -- although they'll still need to be somewhat Linux experienced. Chapter 1 was a nice touch with sniffing and explanations for the seasoned network admin, although could be a bit of overkill for the newbie.
The book quickly shifts into higher gears on Samba 3's capabilities in latter chapters, a testament to its focus on the latest'n greatest. The LDAP and Kerberos information is accurate and to-the-point. It "cuts through the bull" and gets to the specifics -- especially on some of the FUD out there surrounding Samba (when the reality is some so-called "weaknesses" are not Samba, but CIFS/SMB itself).
Definitely a book for those that want to "just get running now," from Samba newbie to seasoned author. ;-ppp
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. Cayley on June 24, 2004
Format: Paperback
John Terpstra had done a great job showing how SAMBA can be used in real world scenarios. The scenarios are representative of both the environments and customer needs that I have had to address as a consultant. More importantly, it was great to read a book from the Open Source community that was not a diatribe against Microsoft, but rather focused on how one gets Windows and UNIX/Linux working seamlessly in a heterogeneous environment.
The open and honest discussion around interoperability with Windows versus replacing Windows is quite informative. The book did not contain hyperbolic discussions around the technical or ethical benefits of Open Source. This is a book that I would recommend to friends from either the Windows world or FLOSS space (Free/Libre/Open Source Software).
Chapter 10, "Active Directory, Kerberos, and Security," was especially helpful and informative. I particularly appreciated the examples showing both the UNIX and Windows approaches to various problems. The thorough drilldown on the technical underpinnings and explanation of the historical issues gives a good perspective. This chapter helped me understand SAMBA coexistence/interoperability in Active Directory based environments. Having details on security, performance, locking, and the real world conundrums that arise made it possible to translate the books scenarios to my specific needs.
The book is easy to read and clearly details the steps required when setting up your SAMBA environment. The book includes some great references, and lots of accurate, step by step guidance. Overall, I would highly recommend this book to anyone trying to set up and use SAMBA.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Dannehl on June 7, 2004
Format: Paperback
When I finished this book I decided that I had to recommned it because it is extremely helpful. There aren't many good examples of using Samba to solve real world fileserver problems on the web and none on any system man page that I have found, so it's a wonderfull reference. The chapter on using Samba with Windows is also very helpful Altogether this stuff makes it a great reference and a must have for me.
I would recommend this book to anybody who needs a fileserver and is considering using SAMBA...even before any of the "administering" type books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B.H. Strong on April 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book fills in where the author's "The Official Samba-3 HOWTO and Reference Guide" left off. It gives "real world" examples that make sense. The author assumes some admin experience on the readers part, however the examples build from small implementations through large-scale enterprise file & print sharing, so even those new to administration of Samba should find great value in both the books. I even found the discriptions of the smb protocol and how clients "talk" to servers and each other very easy to understand. If you liked the Official Samba-3 HOWTO... buy this to completely make use of the concepts by working the examples and learning solutions to some of the most common problems facing Samba admins. This book is like attending a training class, not just a "lecture" but actual hands-on tasks to enforce the concepts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
If someone is paying you to make their Windows and Linux machines play nice with each other, this book will make it easy enough that you may feel guilty for taking their money.
This book has almost every keystroke you need to type to get a Samba system doing what you need it to do. As someone who frequently gets frustrated trying to make useful configuration files by reading the documentation I appreciate the fact that every scenario he describes in the book comes with a complete set of configuration files which implement the scenario. Even if your situation isn't covered exactly in the book you will find that the examples here a great starting point that you can modify to do what you want.
For example, using this book (and the online references it mentions) in an afternoon I was able to go from a new RedHat 9 machine with no Samba or LDAP installed to a system which was a member of a Win2k3 Active Directory domain, allowed local login using Windows AD credentials and kerberos, used full Windows ACLs for the domain user files on the Linux machine, and unified the Windows SID->Linux UID/GID mapping by installing an LDAP backend to store the ID mapping for consistent numbering across multiple Linux machines. There were some quirks along the way, like setting up the LDAP schemas and initializing the database, and compiling ACL support into the kernel (RedHat 9 doesn't include it by default), but in each case the book pointed to an online resource where the tools could be downloaded.
Very cool to go from (from my point of view) nearly impossible to nearly easy in just one book.
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