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Mapping network drives to the IBM has long been possible thanks to the IBM i NetServer. Starting with 7.2 of OS/400, IBM i administrators now have an alternative to NetServer with the Samba project.
The following is excerpted from: https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/ibmi/library/i-ibmi-7_2-the-great-beyond/
"Samba is an open source SMB-based networking protocol for providing fast, stable, and secure file access. File serving, something we have had on IBM i for a long time is provided with IBM i NetServer IBM i NetServer has many great features when it comes to file serving, although in some instances performance has been an issue. Samba is a server that uses TCP/IP on IBM i to interact with Microsoft® Windows® clients or servers as if it is a Windows file and print server. Samba is not intended to be a full replacement for file serving on IBM i, but rather give customers an additional option. For example, Samba does not support Kerberos, automatic CCSID conversions, or integration with the IBM i QIBM_QPWFS_FILE_SERV exit point. For those features, IBM i NetServer is the best choice. But, if you require just basic file serving with performance, then Samba might be the choice for you. Consider the following key features:
- A fast, modern, lightweight Common Internet File System (CIFS) file server
- An FTP style CIFS client (smbclient)
- NTLM and NTLMv2 authentication with session security enhancements
- Enhanced error code reporting
- Better protocol compatibility with current Windows clients
- SMB 2.0 protocol support"
APAR SE58417 documents the availability of the open-source samba package for IBM i 7.2.
IBM i samba support is provided in PTFs (current as of Aug 2020):
These PTF include fixes for https://www.samba.org/samba/security/CVE-2017-7494.html
Installation of the Samba PTF places the Samba 3.6 package and install archive Samba.zip into directory: /QIBM/ProdData/OS
INSTALL STEPS:1) Sign on to an IBM i command line with a user ID that has *ALLOBJ authority and run the PASE environment health-check tool:
===> call pgm(qsys/qhcrprechk) PARM('-V')
Hit <F6> to print the output before <Enter> to end the terminal session.
Resolve any errors found before continuing.
2) Open a PASE session (CALL QP2TERM), create "samba" directory and extract the Samba package into the samba directory :
mkdir samba cd samba jar -xvf /QIBM/ProdData/OS/Samba.zip
3) The installation script utilizes rpm and wget, so, those must be installed before running the install script.
See Getting started with Open Source Package Management in IBM i ACS
Verify they are installed by executing each of them on the PASE command line with no parameters.
4) Once rpm and wget are installed, the samba_setup.sh script can then be used to install the Samba RPM package and its requisites. It may be necessary to grant execute permission to the script:
chmod 775 samba_setup.sh
Then run the install script:
rpm -qil samba
Post-install instructions to run the Samba server instead of NetServer :
1) ===> CRTUSRPRF NOBODY
2) ===> ENDTCPSVR *NETSVR (The samba daemon will fail to allocate listening daemon ports 139 and 445 if this is not done)
3) From PASE shell, call the Samba server start command and background it:
Note: The above must be executed as any USRPRF that has *ALLOBJ authority but which does not have UID == 0 (I.E., not QSECOFR)
4) The Samba server UIDs are not integrated with OS/400, so, the 'pdbedit' command must be used to add Samba server users and their passwords:
/opt/samba/bin/pdbedit -a <userID>
cp /opt/samba/lib/smb.conf.example /opt/samba/lib/smb.conf
[home] comment = This is the home dir share path = /home guest ok = no
smbclient //<IBM i name or IP address>/qibm -U <userID added with pdbedit>
To end the Samba server :
Note that NetServer will fail to start while the Samba server is active.
> ps -ef | grep smbd qsecofr 1195 1 0 May 15 - 0:00 smbd $ > kill 1195 $
Please see the link to the "5733-OPS Open Source software support statement" below for software support guidelines.
For errors, check log file /opt/samba/var/log.smbd
The README.txt file within Samba.zip contains additional installation details.
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25 August 2020