- 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: 7 x 1.7 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,332,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Official Samba-3 HOWTO and Reference Guide (Bruce Perens' Open Source Series) 1st Edition
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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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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...
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.
I cannot say that I have read the book in its entirety, but I have used it to troubleshoot some common mistakes in the configuration of my smb.conf file. Moreover it was useful in defining a simple batch file to manually re-connect my shares without having Windows re-build the connection at login.
I foresee myself consulting this book as my needs expand in usage of Samba as a networking bridge between Windows and the greater world that computing has to offer.
For any Windows administrator who would like to set up PDC/BDC environments, LDAP authentication, Active Directory and other advanced Windows servers on Linux, the book gives valuable accounts and information on how to achieve these goals. For the average user who just wants to get his Linux machine to see his Windows shares, the 600+ pages of this tome are going to be very daunting.
While the book touts itself as being for every user, from laymen to experts, I found that's not entirely true. While all of the information everyone needs to complete almost any conceivable task in Samba is represented in the book, finding that information without reading the whole volume may prove difficult.
Overall, the book is a worthwhile read for anyone who is serious about contemplating and using Samba in their network. For the new Linux user, I might suggest finding a smaller, more basic tutorial and saving $30 in the process.
It feels likes the HOWTOs from the Internet were simply copied, so why wasn't there time to edit?