Reference, Second Edition by Jay
Ts, Robert Eckstein, David Collier-Brown, ISBN 0-596-00546-6
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Samba is an open source (free) software suite which
provides seamless file and print services to SMB/CIFS
clients. Samba is freely available under the GNU
General Public License and has become an integral
part of all Linux distributions. If you are using
Samba and have a pretty good idea of what you are
doing, the second edition of the Samba Pocket Reference
is a nice tool to have close by. It covers Samba
v2.2 and the major features of v3.0. It also fits
in the back pocket of your jeans so it's easy to
keep handy. If you are new to Samba however, and
just starting out, then this book is not for you.
The reference does not waste time extolling the
virtues of Samba, relating Samba's history, or providing
installation and setup details. It's divided into
six major sections and begins offering real information
on page three with Configuration File Options. In
this section all the options usable in the Samba
smb.conf file are listed. After each option there
is a short explanation of the option, it's default
value, whether or not it's global, and if it's new
for version 3.0.
The Samba Daemons section details information on
smbd, nmbd and winbindd. Each daemon is detailed
as to the services it provides, the unix signals
it responds to and the command line options. The
options are also explained.
The next section details the non-daemon applications included
in the Samba distribution. Each program is shown with it's
argument list and the explanation generally explains the
program's usage. Arguments the program accepts are listed
with short, to the point explanations as well.
The Example Configuration Files section offers several
config files for running Samba in a number of scenarios
such as a workgroup server, pdc or domain member. The sample
configs are commented to show you where you need to make
changes based on your setup. I found this section to be
especially useful as the samples provide a nice template
for quickly setting up a Samba box to meet the particular
needs of the environment it's going into.
The reference also offers a glossary explaining what the
configuration files option values are and the type of value
expected and a listing of configuration file variables.
While newbies to Samba will certainly be lost, this is
an excellent reference for the experienced Samba admin.
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