Using Samba, Second Edition
||Author: Jay T's, Robert Eckstein, David Collier-Brown|
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Publisher: O'Reilly & Associates (February, 2003)
Sales Rank: 15,952
Average Customer Rating: 4.86 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 5 out of 5
Makes Samba Simple
For a long time I knew what Samba was, but I never had the need to use or configure it. When a need to use Samba finally came up, I had a difficult time making it work the way I wanted. I waded through several man pages and on-line HOWTO's, but I just wasn't getting the big picture, so I purchased this book.
My only regret is that I waited so long to buy it. This book is very easy to read and understand. I was even putting off buying the book because of the impending release of Samba 3.0; I was afraid the book would be obsolete after I bought it. Much to my surprise, this book also covers Samba 3.
It has plenty of nice screenshots to help you through (client) configuration of various windows versions and even OS X.
Sample configuration files are provided, which can help you get up and running in a hurry, but it does a good job going into the detail of the configuration files to help you "tighten" things up later on. One of the appendices even features a two sentence description of each config file option - a welcome addition.
Unlike a lot of on-line documentation, this book is easy to read. Initially, I was just trying to get my smb server working, but I couldn't help but read well beyond the information I initially sought. I'm now prepared to configure samba as the Primary Domain Controller (PDC) for our network.
There's also a good portion of the book devoted to using smbclient to browse existing networks.
Rating: 5 out of 5
This is THE book for samba configuration. No two ways about it. This book rules.
These guys really want you to succeed an not only working a half-decent smb.conf file to implement a file server or print server but REALLY work your servers by creating stable, secure configurations where you do know what the options mean so you are implmenting knoweldge rather than mimicking the actions of others: lending robustness to your servers. It also help when you need to troubleshoot that you understand what you've done. Listen to these guys and that's what you'll accomplish: understanding. There is also good documentation on configuring various windows clients (as well as some insightful opinions on windows and it's failings and foibles: eg. Windows XP home being almost useless in a domain environment)
Lots of really good knowledge here. Pick it up and read it NOW! And then read it again.
To top it off, it is also very well written and easy to read! You now have no excuse not too...:)
Rating: 5 out of 5
A THOROUGH AND STEADFAST GUIDE FOR 'SAMBA' USERS
"Using Samba" was thorough and steadfast in its bid to completely demystify that popular freeware program called Samba. This book is a dedicated guide, which gave an invaluable insight into how Samba provides file and print services for its users. Apart from keeping pace with all the developments and metamorphoses which the freeware has undergone, the adherents of this program, especially those who run UNIX Samba Servers, will enjoy the extra details and revisions which service announcements (i.e. browsing) has received.
All the new developments and configurations (from version 2.0 to 2.2), including the latest in SWAT graphics, Network File System (or NFS), Server Message Block (or SMB), have been added.
This is a very sound book, whose intuition has consistently improved over the years.
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