Thursday, July 3, 2014

Book review: Implementing SAMBA 4

Samba is a Windows implementation of sharing files and folders in Linux world. It is a favorite way of sharing your files on Linux with Windows users. But its use is much more than that. It can also act as servers of various roles.

Implementing SAMBA 4 is a book worth reading for Linux admins, system engineers or anybody who plan to use and master SAMBA configurations. In this version, a new feature, Active Directory Domain Controller (AD DC) is the most sought after by admins. This will let you configure SAMBA 4 as an AD DC. Using Debian 7 as the OS, I found no problem with it although many admins out there are using Fedora/Red Hat/CentOS as the main distros of choice.

Looking at the table of contents, I can say this book is not for beginners. So you have been warned. :)

Reading the sample chapter provided (Chapter 3), this book is an interesting to read. Steps are shown in pictures and clearly explained. Although I have little knowledge of AD DC, this book will make it easier for you to understand the steps needed by lots of screenshots.

Other topics mentioned that I found important and interesting are:
  • Understand the migration steps from Samba 3 to Samba 4
  • Integrate GNU/Linux operating system authentication into the AD
  • Understand the tasks and attention points when replacing a Microsoft Windows AD
If you are looking for a reading to better understand on how to configure SAMBA 4 for your AD DC, I recommend this kind of book.

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