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If you're familiar with Unix administration, TCP/IP networking, and other common Unix servers, and you want to learn how to deploy Samba, ths book is ideal for you. With this book as a guide, you can quickly configure a basic Samba server and then move on to Samba's more exotic features, including those that are new to Samba 3.0. I've approached the topics in this book as both an experienced Unix user and an administrator to help you optimize Samba.
Samba is an efficient file and print server that enables you to get the most out of your computer hardware. In Samba 3.0, many important features have been added, particularly in the realm of domain administration and membership, such as improved support for membership in Windows 200x domains and a wider array of authentication options. Samba also boasts several advanced features with which you can perform very complex tasks. For instance, Samba can control an NT domain, burn CD-Rs with drag-and-drop operations from the client, and function as part of a network backup system.
The Samba dance, after which the server is named, is known for it's liveliness, and the server is similarly energetic and dynamic. So join in - you may make a misstep or two, but this book will help you avoid making too many, and you'll soon be doing the (TCP/IP) Samba along with the rest!
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Very easy to read, light, chatty manner. Very informative and well laid out
I have to admit, that although I normally enjoy reading books like this one, I do find them heavy going - the subject matter tends not to lend itself to comedy and/or pathos. On the other hand, a funny book is useless if it doesn't allow the reader to pick up the knowledge. This book strikes a very happy medium - it is light, informative and very easy to read.
Roderick Smith is, in my opinion, an excellent writer. He spends a long time explaining basic networking and the history of Samba, this allows you to get used to the concepts introduced before you start to get your hands dirty. He explains how the chapters are broken down and even lets the reader know which chapters will be of most use to more experienced Samba users and administrators.
At this time of writing, the latest stable version is 3.0.13, although Samba 2.x is still available. This means that not only is this book useful to someone who has just downloaded the latest stable version, but is also of use to someone who has just upgraded and wants to know what's new in this version.
He discusses using Samba with Linux, Windows, Mac OSX and other Unix variants. Each section is well laid out, easy to follow and is laden with extra tips and screenshots.
This book is aimed at the Beginner-Advanced user which equates to just about everyone! I would definitely recommend this to anyone using or thinking of using Samba.