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Samba

Samba

Samba is an Open Source/Free Software suite that provides seamless file and print services to SMB/CIFS clients. Samba is freely available, unlike other SMB/CIFS implementations, and allows for interoperability between Linux/Unix servers and Windows-based clients.

Specifically, Samba is an implementation of dozens of services and a dozen protocols, including NetBIOS over TCP/IP (NBT), SMB, CIFS (an enhanced version of SMB), DCE/RPC or more specifically, MSRPC, the Network Neighborhood suite of protocols, a WINS server also known as a NetBIOS Name Server (NBNS), the NT Domain suite of protocols which includes NT Domain Logons, Secure Accounts Manager (SAM) database, Local Security Authority (LSA) service, NT-style printing service (SPOOLSS), NTLM and more recently Active Directory Logon which involves a modified version of Kerberos and a modified version of LDAP.

Samba provides a complete replacement for Windows XP/NT, Warp, NFS or Netware servers.

 Samba 3.0.28a

Price
Free to download

Size
17.3MB
License

GNU Public License

Developer
John Terpstra, Chris Nichols, Derrell Lipman, Wilco Baan Hofman, Florian Effenberger, Gerald (Jerry) Carter, Rainer Link

Website
www.samba.org

System Requirements

Support Sites:
Samba HOWTO, FAQ, Mailing Lists, Samba Forum, Setting up Samba, Using Samba to Share Network Files and Printers (Video)

Selected Reviews:
iTWire

Key features include::

  • SMB server, to provide Windows NT and LAN Manager-style file and print services to SMB clients such as Windows 95, Warp Server, smbfs and others
  • Windows NT 4.0 Domain Controller replacement
  • File/print server that can act as a member of a Windows NT 4.0or Active Directory domain.
  • NetBIOS (rfc1001/1002) nameserver, which amongst other things gives browsing support. Samba can be the master browser on your LAN if desired
  • FTP-like SMB client so you can access PC resources (disks and printers) from UNIX, Netware, and other operating systems
  • Tar extension to the client for backing up PCs
  • Limited command-line tool that supports some of the NT administrative functionality, which can be used on Samba, NT workstation and NT server

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