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For administrators deploying Linux servers into a network dominated by Windows machines, often one of their first tasks is to get Samba up and running on the Linux machine to provide for Windows integration. Fortunately, Linux-Windows integration has become much smoother with the Samba team’s release of Samba version 2.2. Here are some links for learning about the new features of Samba 2.2, as well as a link to a popular TechRepublic article that demonstrates some best practices for integrating Linux into a Windows domain.

  • “Samba 2.2 now supports range of Microsoft OSes”: If you want to know what Samba 2.2 can do, then this eWeek Labs review is the first place to look. Timothy Dyck provides a solid analysis of the product and lets you in on its hits and misses.
  • “Inside Samba 2.2: New, improved, and enterprise-ready”: This article by Daniel Robbins covers the improvements of Samba 2.2 over its predecessors and shows the additional Samba improvements that will be coming in the future.
  • “The Samba 2.2 PDC FAQ”: One of the most improved features in Samba 2.2 is its ability to work as a Primary Domain Controller in a Windows network. This document by David Bannon of La Trobe University provides a detailed technical overview of how Samba 2.2 works in relation to key Windows technologies, such as system policies, user profiles, and passwords.
  • “Save big by replacing NT file servers with Linux Samba”: In addition to demonstrating the potential cost savings of deploying Linux Samba servers to replace NT file servers, this article provides a detailed tutorial for setting up your Samba servers for effective integration into a Windows NT/2000 domain. You won’t want to miss the valuable configuration tips that this article has to offer.

To download Samba 2.2, go to the Samba.org Web site and follow the links to the nearest international download site.

How are you using Samba to integrate Linux and Windows?

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