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Samba-3 by Example: Practical Exercises to Successful Deployment, 2nd Edition

By John H. Terpstra

Published by Prentice Hall

Published Date: Aug 8, 2005


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.

Table of Contents

List of Examples.

List of Figures.

List of Tables.




Chapter 1. No-Frills Samba Servers.

    1.1 Introduction.

    1.2 Assignment Tasks.

    1.3 Questions and Answers.

Chapter 2. Small Office Networking.

    2.1 Introduction.

    2.2 Dissection and Discussion.

    2.3 Implementation.

    2.4 Questions and Answers.

Chapter 3. Secure Office Networking.

    3.1 Introduction.

    3.2 Dissection and Discussion.

    3.3 Implementation.

    3.4 Questions and Answers.

Chapter 4. The 500-User Office.

    4.1 Introduction.

    4.2 Dissection and Discussion.

    4.3 Implementation.

    4.4 Questions and Answers.

Chapter 5. Making Happy Users.

    5.1 Regarding LDAP Directories and Windows Computer Accounts.

    5.2 Introduction.

    5.3 Dissection and Discussion.

    5.4 Samba Server Implementation.

    5.5 Samba-3 BDC Configuration.

    5.6 Miscellaneous Server Preparation Tasks.

    5.7 Windows Client Configuration.

    5.8 Key Points Learned.

    5.9 Questions and Answers.

Chapter 6. A Distributed 2000-User Network.

    6.1 Introduction.

    6.2 Dissection and Discussion.

    6.3 Implementation.

    6.4 Questions and Answers.


Chapter 7. Adding Domain Member Servers and Clients.

    7.1 Introduction.

    7.2 Dissection and Discussion.

    7.3 Implementation.

    7.4 Questions and Answers.

Chapter 8. Updating Samba-3.

    8.1 Introduction.

    8.2 Upgrading from Samba 1.x and 2.x to Samba-3.

    8.3 Updating a Samba-3 Installation.

Chapter 9. Migrating NT4 Domain to Samba-3.

    9.1 Introduction.

    9.2 Dissection and Discussion.

    9.3 Implementation.

    9.4 Questions and Answers.

Chapter 10. Migrating Netware Server to Samba-3.

    10.1 Introduction.

    10.2 Dissection and Discussion.

    10.3 Implementation.


Chapter 11. Active Directory, Kerberos, and Security.

    11.1 Introduction.

    11.2 Dissection and Discussion.

    11.3 Implementation.

    11.4 Questions and Answers.

Chapter 12. Integrating Additional Services.

    12.1 Introduction.

    12.2 Dissection and Discussion.

    12.3 Implementation.

    12.4 Questions and Answers.

Chapter 13. Performance, Reliability, and Availability.

    13.1 Introduction.

    13.2 Dissection and Discussion.

    13.3 Guidelines for Reliable Samba Operation.

    13.4 Key Points Learned.

Chapter 14. Samba Support.

    14.1 Free Support.

    14.2 Commercial Support.

Chapter 15. A Collection of Useful Tidbits.

    15.1 Joining a Domain: Windows 200x/XP Professional.

    15.2 Samba System File Location.

    15.3 Starting Samba.

    15.4 DNS Configuration Files.

    15.5 Alternative LDAP Database Initialization.

    15.6 The LDAP Account Manager.

    15.7 IDEALX Management Console.

    15.8 Effect of Setting File and Directory SUID/SGID Permissions Explained.

    15.9 Shared Data Integrity.

Chapter 16. Networking Primer.

    16.1 Requirements and Notes.

    16.2 Introduction.

    16.3 Exercises.

    16.4 Dissection and Discussion.

    16.5 Questions and Answers.

Appendix A. GNU General Public License.

    A.1 Preamble.

    A.2 Terms and Conditions for Copying, Distribution and Modification.

    A.3 How to Apply These Terms to Your New Programs.


Subject Index.



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