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  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR; 1 edition (Oct. 22 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131453556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131453555
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 17.8 x 4.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,044,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By A Customer on June 4 2004
This book is a great resource for anyone who is using Samba to connect MS-Windows machines into a Unix environment for file sharing and print serving.
I cannot say that I have read the book in its entirety, but I have used it to troubleshoot some common mistakes in the configuration of my smb.conf file. Moreover it was useful in defining a simple batch file to manually re-connect my shares without having Windows re-build the connection at login.
I foresee myself consulting this book as my needs expand in usage of Samba as a networking bridge between Windows and the greater world that computing has to offer.
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By "griswld" on March 17 2004
Samba is fairly simple at its basic configuration. When things start getting large and complex is when this book really shines. The authors give examples and scenarios of small simple configs and works their way up to very complex configs. Consider who the authors are and you can only expect the best.
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By Schmigz on March 17 2004
Good book if you have never configured samba before. Contains some additions to the HTML users guide at the samba website but not enough to justify buying it if you have a fast internet connection and are familiar with Samba.
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The book is great, it gives you all background, detailed description, step by step guides etc. All you need to know about samba is there. However you should keep in mind that this is pretty much a printed version of [...] , so the same content is available for free on the web site. I personally like old school paper books, that's the only reason I bought it. If you don't care, maybe you should check out the site first and it might be all you need.
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The Official Samba-3 HOWTO and Reference Guide is an ambitious work that is going to have a lot of admins slapping their foreheads and saying "Aha! So that's how it's done."
Having used Samba for quite a while, but never having felt confident enough to try anything overly exotic in the office, this book helped (and inspired) me to dust off my minimal configurations and go for more complete integration with the existing Windows infrastructure. The authors are knowledgable and speak from production experience, punctuating the technical content with helpful comments and best practices for folks who depend on Samba to get their job done. The tone of the book is also realistic about explaining what's in Samba, what might be in Samba, and what's not very likely to ever be in Samba. (I think it's great that members of the Samba team can be frank, and aren't taking advantage of an opportunity to toot their own horns, promise the moon and a bunch of vaporware.)
Even if you consider yourself fairly advanced with Samba configuration, this book - the distilled knowledge and experience of great number of HOWTOs and configuration examples - is likely to be useful for you. It's probably not for rank beginners, but that's part of being a good reference work for production admins.
My only complaint with the book has to do with a few typos and editing problems. (LaTex can be unforgiving, eh?) Also, I found Part II, the quick start/cookbook section, to be a little repetitive, and felt that it could have used a little more editorial oversight. (Hint: Don't read it straight through - you don't need to anyway.) But Part III, which is the meat of the book, is much better done, and I'd say damn near indispensible if you're serious about bridging the gulf between Un*x and Windows technologies in your workplace.
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When it comes to designing and deploying Samba solutions, I cannot think of a better reference. The same collaboration and effort that goes into the Samba project also comes together to deliver this comprehensive reference to Samba. If you are serious about learning and understanding Samba and Windows networking, this is a must read! I found a wealth of in-depth information within this reference guide that was critical to the design, development, deployment and administration of my own Samba solutions.
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With the release of Samba 3, the integration of Windows and Linux has taken a huge step forward. Many of the features that were lacking in version 2.2 have been picked up or expanded in the latest release. The Official Samba-3 takes a very involved, in-depth look at many of the new features in the latest Samba code. Those users who are not adept at Samba already may have a hard time diving into the lengthy descriptions and detailed examples. This book is definitely not for the faint of heart.
For any Windows administrator who would like to set up PDC/BDC environments, LDAP authentication, Active Directory and other advanced Windows servers on Linux, the book gives valuable accounts and information on how to achieve these goals. For the average user who just wants to get his Linux machine to see his Windows shares, the 600+ pages of this tome are going to be very daunting.
While the book touts itself as being for every user, from laymen to experts, I found that's not entirely true. While all of the information everyone needs to complete almost any conceivable task in Samba is represented in the book, finding that information without reading the whole volume may prove difficult.
Overall, the book is a worthwhile read for anyone who is serious about contemplating and using Samba in their network. For the new Linux user, I might suggest finding a smaller, more basic tutorial and saving $30 in the process.
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