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Using Samba as a PDC

Tom Syroid is a contract writer for Studio B Productions, a literary agency based in Indianapolis, IN specializing in computer-oriented publications. Topics of interest/specialty include *NIX system security, Samba, Apache, and Web database applications based on PHP and MySQL. He has experience administering and maintaining a diverse range of operating systems including Linux (Red Hat, OpenLinux, Mandrake, Slackware, Gentoo), Windows (95, 98, NT, 2000, and XP), and AIX (4.3.3 and 5.1). He is also the co-author of Outlook 2000 in a Nutshell (O'Reilly & Associates) and OpenLinux Secrets (Hungry Minds). Tom lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with his wife and two children. Hobbies include breaking perfectly good computer installations and then figuring out how to fix them, gardening, reading, and building complex structures out of Lego with his kids. Questions, comments, and errata submissions are welcome; you can either e-mail the author directly (dwcomments@syroidmanor.com.

Summary:  Open-source Samba turns a UNIX or Linux system into a file and print server for Microsoft Windows network clients. Tom Syroid dishes up a juicy tutorial that shows you how to configure Samba as the primary domain controller on an xSeries server.

Date:  03 Apr 2002
Level:  Introductory

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  • Learn how Samba 2.2 improves on the already-excellent Samba 2.0.8 to create an incredibly powerful enterprise-ready Unix/Windows integration solution.

  • Visit the Samba site for all online documentation, including man pages, FAQs, HOWTOs, and downloadable PDFs. There's also an announcements page, information on joining one of Samba's many mailing lists, information on getting involved with the development team, and usual file download facilities (CVS, FTP, and HTTP).

  • The IBM Technology Center hosts a page containing many of the current patches that have been incorporated into the current Samba CVS/HEAD developer tree.

  • Scott Merrill have an excellent HOWTO on simulating a PDC/BDC environment using Samba based servers.

  • If you're interested in more details on Microsoft's SMB specs, try this link.

  • IBM also has an excellent resource available in the form of their Redbook Series which can be read online, downloaded in PDF format, or purchased in book form. Highly recommended. As noted in section one of this tutorial, there is a Redbook titled Samba Installation, Configuration, and Sizing Guide (SG24-6004-00, published July 14, 2002) and another titled Implementing Linux in your Network using Samba. Both are slighted dated regarding Samba version and interoperability with Windows newer operatiing systems, but each contain several useful sections that do not change with time (for example, sizing recommenations and general network considerations).

  • "Dead Tree" Resources:
    • As noted several times through this tutorial, the seminal title on Samba is Using Samba (O'Reilly & Associates) by Eckstein, Collier-Brown, and Kelly. It's getting a bit dated, but the core material is still as current as the day the book was written. If you can have only one Samba book on your shelf, make it this one. Note: While some distributions do not include it, all packages downloaded from Samba.org come with the full text of this title in HTML; look under /usr/share/swat/using_samba/.
    • Another good title to have around is Special Edition: Using Samba (QUE) by Sharpe, Turner, and Potter. In particular, check out some of the chapters in the "Advanced Topics" section of the book.

  • Want more? The developerWorks eServer™ zone hosts hundreds of informative articles and introductory, intermediate, and advanced tutorials on the eServer brand.

  • The IBM developerWorks team hosts hundreds of technical briefings around the world which you can attend at no charge.

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