There is admittedly a large number of Samba books on the market today and
each book has its place. Despite the apparent plethora of books, Samba
as a project continues to receive much criticism for failing to provide
sufficient documentation. Samba is also criticized for being too complex
and too difficult to configure. In many ways this is evidence of the
success of Samba as there would be no complaints if it was not successful.
The Samba Team members work predominantly with UNIX and Linux, so
it is hardly surprising that existing Samba documentation should reflect
that orientation. The original HOWTO text documents were intended to provide
some tips, a few golden nuggets, and if they helped anyone then that was
just wonderful. But the HOWTO documents lacked structure and context. They were
isolated snapshots of information that were written to pass information
on to someone else who might benefit. They reflected a need to transmit
more information that could be conveniently put into manual pages.
The original HOWTO documents were written by different authors. Most HOWTO
documents are the result of feedback and contributions from numerous
authors. In this book we took care to preserve as much original content as
possible. As you read this book you will note that chapters were written by
multiple authors, each of whom has his own style. This demonstrates
the nature of the Open Source software development process.
Out of the original HOWTO documents sprang a collection of unofficial
HOWTO documents that are spread over the Internet. It is sincerely intended
that this work will
replace the valuable unofficial
HOWTO work that continues to flourish. If you are involved in unofficial
HOWTO production then please continue your work!
Those of you who have dedicated your labors to the production of unofficial
HOWTOs, to Web page information regarding Samba, or to answering questions
on the mailing lists or elsewhere, may be aware that this is a labor
of love. We would like to know about your contribution and willingly receive
the precious pearls of wisdom you have collected. Please email your contribution to
John H. Terpstra ([email protected]).
As a service to other users we will gladly adopt material that is technically accurate.
Existing Samba books are largely addressed to the UNIX administrator.
From the perspective of this target group the existing books serve
an adequate purpose, with one exception now that Samba-3 is out
they need to be updated!
This book, the
Official Samba-3 HOWTO and Reference Guide
includes the Samba-HOWTO-Collection.pdf that ships with Samba.
These documents have been written with a new design intent and purpose.
Over the past two years many Microsoft network administrators have adopted
Samba and have become interested in its deployment. Their information needs
are very different from that of the UNIX administrator. This book has been
arranged and the information presented from the perspective of someone with previous
Microsoft Windows network administrative training and experience.