Sebastopol, CA--Samba is a cross-platform triumph: an extremely useful
networking tool for anyone who has both Windows and Unix systems
running on the same network, which includes just about everyone these
days. Running on a Unix system, Samba allows Windows to share files and
printers on the Unix host, and it also allows Unix users to access
resources shared by the Windows systems. Robust, flexible, fast, and
secure, it's no wonder that many people choose Samba over Windows
NT/2000/XP for their file and print services. Samba is also free
Using Samba, Second
Edition by Jay Ts, Robert Eckstein, and David
Collier-Brown (O'Reilly, US $39.95) will help readers make their file
and print sharing as powerful and efficient as possible. This book,
which has been officially adopted by the Samba Team and is under the
GNU Free Documentation License (FDL), is a comprehensive guide to Samba
administration. This new edition focuses on Samba 2.2 and covers the
most important features of 3.0, which was under development as this
book went to print.
"Samba is the main tool being used for connecting Windows and Unix
systems," explains coauthor Jay Ts. "In addition, it's becoming a good
tool for connecting Unix systems to other Unix systems. I expect Samba
to continue to become more popular as more organizations learn how
useful it is. It's fast and has a better security model than NFS.
Considering that Samba now comes with Mac OS X, the result of all this
is that Samba is becoming a 'one source' solution for networking all
three of the major operating systems that will be in use a few years
from now, that is, Unix, Mac OS X, and Windows."
"Using Samba" takes readers from basic installation and
configuration--on both the client and server side, for a wide range of
systems--through the subtle details of security, cross-platform
compatibility, and resource discovery that make the difference between
whether users see the folder they expect to see or find themselves
facing a cryptic error message.
The authors delve into the internals of the Windows activities and
protocols to an unprecedented degree, explaining the strengths and
weaknesses of each feature in Windows domains and in Samba itself.
Wondering how to integrate Samba's authentication with that of a
Windows PDC? How to get Samba to serve Microsoft Dfs shares? How to
share files on Mac OS X? These and a dozen other issues of interest to
system administrators are covered. An entire chapter is dedicated to
Anyone who manages a network that has both Unix (including Mac OS X)
and Windows systems will want a copy of "Using Samba, Second Edition."
It includes everything needed to run Samba--from basic installation to
advanced topics in security, troubleshooting, and special
What the critics said about the first edition:
"This is the book Samba users have been waiting for. It's also perfect
for Windows users looking to install a cheap, robust, Linux
--Steve Patient, amazon.co.uk
"'Using Samba' is a very well written guide book which covers
everything from the most basic concepts of installing the file and
print server to security issues to name resolution...Invaluable as a
technical resource for Samba, the book also gives great insight for
novices into beginning networks and how they work together."
--Wes Ritchey, The Internet-Eye, February 2001
--Richard Ibbotson, Sheffield Linux User's Group, February 2001
"A wonderful book, but I've come to expect that from O'Reilly."
--Tom Boyer, DGFocus, July 2000
"...a comprehensive guide to Samba administration whether you're
playing on one note or a full three-octave range, this book will help
you maintain an efficient and secure server."
--Linux Central, March 2000
"The authors have a clear, clean style (as you'd expect from O'Reilly)
and take a common-sense, practical approach to various issues such as
security and configuration. The authors also focus on additional Samba
utilities like smbclient and smbmount, which are useful for
troubleshooting. The real gem of this book is chapter nine, the
troubleshooting tree. If you're stuck with weird behavior and you have
a deadline to meet, this chapter alone may be well worth the cover
price...If you know you need Samba and want some help setting it up and
configuring it, this is your book. If you're curious about what Samba
can do for your network, flip through the first chapter and rest
assured that this book will help you get things under
--chromatic, slashdot.org, November 1999
Using Samba, Second Edition
Jay Ts, Robert Eckstein, and David Collier-Brown
ISBN 0-596-00256-4, 539 pages, $39.95 (US), $61.95 (CAN), 28.50 (UK)
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