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Learn Linux, 302 (Mixed environments): Performance tuning
In preparation for taking the Linux Professional Institute Certification exam LPI-302 for systems administrators, learn how to measure Samba performance and make Samba work faster.
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Articles 20 Dec 2011
Learn Linux, 302 (Mixed environments): A roadmap for LPI-302
Use this roadmap to find IBM developerWorks articles that help you learn and review the fundamentals of supporting Linux in a mixed UNIX/Microsoft environment. If you are also pursuing professional certification as a Linux systems administrator, these articles can help you study for the Linux Professional Institute Certification exam LPI-302. This roadmap is organized according to the 21 objectives in the LPI-302 exam, which is required to get the LPIC-3 specialization in mixed environments.
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Articles 13 Dec 2011
Learn Linux, 302 (Mixed environments): Samba security
In preparation for taking the Linux Professional Institute Certification exam LPI-302 for systems administrators, learn how to secure Samba and troubleshoot problems related to security.
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Articles 13 Dec 2011
Learn Linux, 302 (Mixed environments): Integration with Active Directory
Since the release of Windows 2000, Microsoft has offered Active Directory as its directory service, and later versions have renamed it Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS). AD DS leverages the popular LDAP for resource management, Kerberos for authentication, and tight integration with DNS for name resolution. If you currently use AD DS, integrating a Linux server can help centralize identity management and maintenance for Linux printing and file services. However, doing so can be challenging. Fortunately, Samba provides a solution for Linux integration with AD DS that requires no modification to the directory service. [Note: We corrected the Listing 4 caption and clarified the section on "Using the net command" per reader feedback.]
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Articles 08 Dec 2011
Learn Linux, 302 (Mixed environments): Linux file system and share/service permissions
In preparation for taking the Linux Professional Institute Certification exam LPI-302 for systems administrators, learn how Samba interacts with the Linux file system and how to manage permissions.
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Articles 06 Dec 2011
Learn Linux, 302 (Mixed environments): Working with Windows clients
While UNIX and Linux computers can be clients to a Samba server, most clients of most Samba servers run Windows. Therefore, you should know how to use the Windows features that enable you to connect to a Samba server. For example, using certain Samba commands on a Linux computer can help you debug problems should they occur.
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Articles 29 Nov 2011
Learn Linux, 302 (Mixed environments): Winbind
If your network includes a domain controller (either a Windows computer or a Samba server), you can use its user database instead of or in addition to maintaining local login users in a Linux computer's local account database. Doing so requires using a set of tools known as Winbind. This toolset can be handy even for Linux computers that don't run Samba to share files or printers; users with Windows domain accounts can log in at the console or use SSH to access Linux-only features, use POP or IMAP mail servers with Windows domain authentication, and so on.
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Articles 15 Nov 2011
Learn Linux, 302 (Mixed environments): NetBIOS and WINS
Naming is unusual in SMB/CIFS networks. Although modern clients can use Internet domain names to refer to each other, older clients relied on a Microsoft-specific system known as the Windows Internet Name Service (WINS) server, or the NetBIOS Name Server (NBNS); the two terms are synonymous. Configuring Samba properly for name resolution is therefore important. So is configuring browsing, which is the mechanism by which servers learn what shares are available on specific servers.
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Articles 01 Nov 2011
Learn Linux, 302 (Mixed environments): CIFS integration
In addition to, or instead of, functioning as a server on a Windows network, a Linux computer can function as a client. You can use an ftp-like program to transfer files and modify a server, or you can mount a share from a Samba or Windows Server machine on your Linux computer, giving normal programs the ability to access files directly on the server. When doing so, though, keep in mind the characteristics of the original SMB protocol and its newer CIFS variant, particularly when accessing a Windows Server machine: You may not have access to all the file system features that a Linux computer supports.
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Articles 25 Oct 2011
Learn Linux, 302 (Mixed environments): Managing user accounts and groups
If you manage user and group accounts, you may find that these accounts don't always work seamlessly for users in mixed environments--a common source of frustration for both users and systems administrators. Fortunately, the Samba suite provides tools to help you manage the process. In this article, learn how to manage user and group accounts in your mixed environment.
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Articles 18 Oct 2011
Learn Linux, 302 (Mixed environments): Authentication and authorization
In preparation for taking the Linux Professional Institute Certification exam LPI-302 for systems administrators, learn how to set up and store passwords, integrate Samba with LDAP, and use ACLs to protect your Linux installation.
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Articles 11 Oct 2011
Learn Linux, 302 (Mixed environments): Internationalization
If you work in a mixed environment in which non-English characters are used, you need to understand character codes and code pages as they relate to your locale. You also need to understand Linux and Windows environments differ when interpreting name spaces. Although Samba supports internationalization, if you work with older Windows clients , Samba 2.x versions, or otherwise need to use a specific character set other than Unicode, you'll need to do a bit of configuration tuning. Depending upon the environment's locale in use, building and patching conversion libraries may also be necessary. In this article, learn how to handle internationalization in your Linux environment.
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Articles 04 Oct 2011
Learn Linux, 302 (Mixed environments): SWAT configuration
The Samba Web Administration Tool (SWAT) is a web-based administration tool for Samba, enabling GUI configuration from any computer with a web browser. SWAT is a server in its own right, and like all servers, it requires at least minimal configuration. In this article, learn how to install and configure SWAT itself and how to use SWAT to manage Samba.
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Articles 27 Sep 2011
Learn Linux, 302 (Mixed environments): Domain control
In SMB/CIFS parlance, a domain is similar to a workgroup: It's a collection of related computers, typically existing on a single local network. A domain, however, features a special computer known as a domain controller that manages logons for all the servers in the domain. It also provides a few additional services. Samba can function as a domain controller, but you need to set several Samba options for it to do so.
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Articles 16 Aug 2011
Learn Linux, 302 (Mixed environments): Print services
In preparation for taking the Linux Professional Institute Certification exam LPI-302 for systems administrators, learn how to set up printers and share them between Linux and Microsoft clients.
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Articles 09 Aug 2011
Learn Linux, 302 (Mixed environments): File services
In preparation for taking the Linux Professional Institute Certification exam LPI-302 for systems administrators, learn how to configure Samba and structure your configuration file. Also, learn how Samba interacts with the network, how to configure logging, and how to debug problems with Samba.
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Articles 25 May 2011
Learn Linux, 302 (Mixed environments): Configure Samba
Samba uses a human-readable file to manage and store its configuration parameters, so the most sophisticated tool you'll need to configure Samba is a text editor. Learn how the configuration file is structured, how Samba interacts with the network, how to configure logging, and how to debug problems with Samba.
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Articles 27 Apr 2011
Learn Linux, 302 (Mixed environments): Install and upgrade Samba
Like most software, Samba must be installed before it can be used. Several methods of doing this exist, but they fall into two broad categories: compiling and installing from source code and installing pre-built binary packages. The former is the more difficult but also more flexible option, while the latter is quite easy on most Linux distributions but locks you into the decisions your distribution maintainer has made concerning supported versions, patches applied, compile-time options enabled, and so on.
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Articles 20 Apr 2011
Learn Linux, 302 (Mixed environments): Configure and build Samba from source
Samba uses Trivial Database files to store both persistent and temporary data as part of its job integrating file and print sharing between Linux and Windows. In preparation for the Linux Professional Institute Certification exam LPI-302, learn all about the Samba Trivial Database (TDB) format that Samba uses to store information, how to look inside TDB files, and how to back them up.
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Articles 14 Apr 2011
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