Samba meta FAQ
Dan Shearer & Paul Blackman, firstname.lastname@example.org
v 0.3, 7 Oct '97
This is the meta-Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document for Samba,
the free and very popular SMB and CIFS server product. It contains
overview information for the Samba suite of programs, a quick-start
guide, and pointers to all other Samba documentation. Other FAQs exist
for specific client and server issues, and HOWTO documents for more
extended topics to do with Samba software. Current to version Samba
1.9.17. Please send any corrections to the author.
Table of Contents:
1. Quick Reference Guides to Samba Documentation
1.1. Samba for the Impatient
1.2. All Samba Documentation
2. General Information
2.1. What is Samba?
2.2. What is the current version of Samba?
2.3. Where can I get it?
2.4. What do the version numbers mean?
2.5. Where can I go for further information?
2.6. How do I subscribe to the Samba Mailing Lists?
2.7. Something's gone wrong - what should I do?
2.8. How do I submit patches or bug reports?
2.9. What if I have an URGENT message for the developers?
2.10. What if I need paid-for support?
2.11. Pizza supply details
3. About the CIFS and SMB Protocols
3.1. What is the Server Message Block (SMB) Protocol?
3.2. What is the Common Internet Filesystem (CIFS)?
3.3. What is Browsing?
4. Designing A SMB and CIFS Network
4.1. Workgroups, Domains, Authentication and Browsing
4.1.1. Defining the Terms
4.1.2. Sharelevel (Workgroup) Security Services
4.1.3. Authentication Domain Mode Services
4.2. Authentication Schemes
4.2.4. Default Server Method
4.2.5. Client-side Database Only
4.3. Post-Authentication: Netlogon, Logon Scripts, Profiles
5. Cross-Protocol File Sharing
6.1. Is Samba Year 2000 compliant?
1 1. . Q Qu ui ic ck k R Re ef fe er re en nc ce e G Gu ui id de es s
t to o S Sa am mb ba a D Do oc cu um me en nt ta at ti io on n
We are endeavouring to provide links here to every major class of
information about Samba or things related to Samba. We cannot list
every document, but we are aiming for all documents to be at most two
referrals from those listed here. This needs constant maintaining, so
please send the author your feedback.
1 1. .1 1. . S Sa am mb ba a f fo or r t th he e
I Im mp pa at ti ie en nt t
You know you should read the documentation but can't wait to start?
What you need to do then is follow the instructions in the following
documents in the order given. This should be enough to get a fairly
simple site going quickly. If you have any problems, refer back to
this meta-FAQ and follow the links to find more reading material.
G Ge et tt ti in ng g S Sa am mb ba a: :
The fastest way to get Samba going is and install it is to have
an operating system for which the Samba team has put together an
installation package. To see if your OS is included have a look
at the directory /pub/samba/Binary_Packages/"OS_Vendor" on your
nearest mirror site <../MIRRORS>. If it is included follow the
installation instructions in the README file there and then do
some ``basic testing''. If you are not so fortunate, follow the
normal ``download instructions'' and then continue with
``building and installing Samba''.
B Bu ui il ld di in ng g a an nd d I In ns st ta al ll li in ng g
S Sa am mb ba a: :
At the moment there are two kinds of Samba server installs
besides the prepackaged binaries mentioned in the previous step.
You need to decide if you have a Unix or close relative
<../UNIX_INSTALL.txt> or other supported operating system
B Ba as si ic c T Te es st ti in ng g: :
Try to connect using the supplied smbclient command-line
program. You need to know the IP hostname of your server. A
service name must be defined in smb.conf, as given in the
examples (under many operating systems if there is a homes
service you can just use a valid username.) Then type smbclient
\hostnamevicename Under most Unixes you will need to put the
parameters within quotation marks. If this works, try connecting
from one of the SMB clients you were planning to use with Samba.
D De eb bu ug g s se eq qu ue en nc ce e: :
If you think you have completed the previous step and things
aren't working properly work through the diagnosis recipe.
E Ex xp po or rt ti in ng g f fi il le es s t to o S SM MB B
c cl li ie en nt ts s: :
You should read the manual pages for smb.conf, but here is a
quick answer guide. <Samba-Server-FAQ.html#Exporting>
C Co on nt tr ro ol ll li in ng g u us se er r a ac cc ce es ss s: :
the quickest and dirtiest way of sharing resources is to use
``share level security.'' If you want to spend more time and
have a proper username and password database you must read the
paragraph on ``domain mode security.'' If you want encryption
(eg you are using Windows NT clients) follow the SMB encryption
B Br ro ow ws si in ng g: :
if you are happy to type in "\samba-serverrename" at the client
end then do not read any further. Otherwise you need to
understand the ``browsing terminology'' and read <Samba-Server-
P Pr ri in nt ti in ng g: :
See the printing quick answer guide. <Samba-Server-
If you have got everything working to this point, you can expect Samba
to be stable and secure: these are its greatest strengths. However
Samba has a great deal to offer and to go further you must do some
more reading. Speed and security optimisations, printer accounting,
network logons, roving profiles, browsing across multiple subnets and
so on are all covered either in this document or in those it refers
1 1. .2 2. . A Al ll l S Sa am mb ba a
D Do oc cu um me en nt ta at ti io on n
+ o Meta-FAQ. This is the mother of all documents, and is the one you
are reading now. The latest version is always at
<http://samba.org/[.....]> but there is probably a much
nearer mirror site <../MIRRORS> which you should use instead.
+ o <Samba-Server-FAQ.html> is the best starting point for information
about server-side issues. Includes configuration tips and pointers
for Samba on particular operating systems (with 40 to choose
+ o <Samba-Client-FAQ.html> is the best starting point for information
about client-side issues, includes a list of all clients that are
known to work with Samba.
+ o manual pages <samba-man-index.html> contains descriptions of and
links to all the Samba manual pages, in Unix man and postscript
+ o <samba-txt-index.html> has descriptions of and links to a large
number of text files have been contributed to samba covering many
topics. These are gradually being absorbed into the FAQs and HOWTOs
but in the meantime you might find helpful answers here.
2 2. . G Ge en ne er ra al l I In nf fo or rm ma at ti io on n
All about Samba - what it is, how to get it, related sources of
information, how to understand the numbering scheme, pizza details.
2 2. .1 1. . W Wh ha at t i is s S Sa am mb ba a? ?
Samba is a suite of programs which work together to allow clients to
access to a server's filespace and printers via the SMB (Server
Message Block) and CIFS (Common Internet Filesystem) protocols.
Initially written for Unix, Samba now also runs on Netware, OS/2, VMS,
StratOS and Amigas. Ports to BeOS and other operating systems are
underway. Samba gives the capability for these operating systems to
behave much like a LAN Server, Windows NT Server or Pathworks machine,
only with added functionality and flexibility designed to make life
easier for administrators.
This means that using Samba you can share a server's disks and
printers to many sorts of network clients, including Lan Manager,
Windows for Workgroups, Windows NT, Linux, OS/2, and AIX. There is
also a generic client program supplied as part of the Samba suite
which gives a user on the server an ftp-like interface to access
filespace and printers on any other SMB/CIFS servers.
SMB has been implemented over many protocols, including XNS, NBT, IPX,
NetBEUI and TCP/IP. Samba only uses TCP/IP. This is not likely to
change although there have been some requests for NetBEUI support.
Many users report that compared to other SMB implementations Samba is
more stable, faster, and compatible with more clients. Administrators
of some large installations say that Samba is the only SMB server
available which will scale to many tens of thousands of users without
crashing. The easy way to test these claims is to download it and try
it for yourself!
The suite is supplied with full source code under the GNU Public
License <../COPYING>. The GPL means that you can use Samba for
whatever purpose you wish (including changing the source or selling it
for money) but under all circumstances the source code must be made
freely available. A copy of the GPL must always be included in any
copy of the package.
The primary creator of the Samba suite is Andrew Tridgell. Later
versions incorporate much effort by many net.helpers. The man pages
and this FAQ were originally written by Karl Auer.
2 2. .2 2. . W Wh ha at t i is s t th he e c cu ur rr re en nt t
v ve er rs si io on n o of f S Sa am mb ba a? ?
At time of writing, the current version was 1.9.17. If you want to be
sure check the bottom of the change-log file.
For more information see ``What do the version numbers mean?''
2 2. .3 3. . W Wh he er re e c ca an n I I g ge et t i it t? ?
The Samba suite is available via anonymous ftp from samba.org
and many mirror <../MIRRORS> sites. You will get much faster
performance if you use a mirror site. The latest and greatest versions
of the suite are in the directory:
Development (read "alpha") versions, which are NOT necessarily stable
and which do NOT necessarily have accurate documentation, are
available in the directory:
Note that binaries are NOT included in any of the above. Samba is
distributed ONLY in source form, though binaries may be available from
other sites. Most Linux distributions, for example, do contain Samba
binaries for that platform. The VMS, OS/2, Netware and Amiga and other
ports typically have binaries made available.
A special case is vendor-provided binary packages. Samba binaries and
default configuration files are put into packages for a specific
operating system. RedHat Linux and Sun Solaris (Sparc and x86) is
already included, and others such as OS/2 may follow. All packages are
in the directory:
2 2. .4 4. . W Wh ha at t d do o t th he e v ve er rs si io on n
n nu um mb be er rs s m me ea an n? ?
It is not recommended that you run a version of Samba with the word
"alpha" in its name unless you know what you are doing and are willing
to do some debugging. Many, many people just get the latest
recommended stable release version and are happy. If you are brave, by
all means take the plunge and help with the testing and development -
but don't install it on your departmental server. Samba is typically
very stable and safe, and this is mostly due to the policy of many
How the scheme works:
1. When major changes are made the version number is increased. For
example, the transition from 1.9.16 to 1.9.17. However, this
version number will not appear immediately and people should
continue to use 1.9.15 for production systems (see next point.)
2. Just after major changes are made the software is considered
unstable, and a series of alpha releases are distributed, for
example 1.9.16alpha1. These are for testing by those who know what
they are doing. The "alpha" in the filename will hopefully scare
off those who are just looking for the latest version to install.
3. When Andrew thinks that the alphas have stabilised to the point
where he would recommend new users install it, he renames it to the
same version number without the alpha, for example 1.9.17.
4. Inevitably bugs are found in the "stable" releases and minor patch
levels are released which give us the pXX series, for example
So the progression goes:
1.9.17alpha1 (test sites only)
1.9.17alpha20 (test sites only)
The above system means that whenever someone looks at the samba ftp
site they will be able to grab the highest numbered release without an
alpha in the name and be sure of getting the current recommended
2 2. .5 5. . W Wh he er re e c ca an n I I g go o f fo or r
f fu ur rt th he er r i in nf fo or rm ma at ti io on n? ?
There are a number of places to look for more information on Samba,
+ o Two mailing lists devoted to discussion of Samba-related matters.
See below for subscription information.
+ o The newsgroup comp.protocols.smb, which has a great deal of
discussion about Samba.
+ o The WWW site 'SAMBA Web Pages' at <http://samba.org/samba/>
+ o Links to man pages and documentation, including this FAQ
+ o A comprehensive survey of Samba users
+ o A searchable hypertext archive of the Samba mailing list
+ o Links to Samba source code, binaries, and mirrors of both
+ o This FAQ and the rest in its family
2 2. .6 6. . H Ho ow w d do o I I s su ub bs sc cr ri ib be e t to o
t th he e S Sa am mb ba a M Ma ai il li in ng g L Li is st ts s? ?
Send email to email@example.com. Make sure the subject line is
blank, and include the following two lines in the body of the message:
subscribe samba Firstname Lastname
subscribe samba-announce Firstname Lastname
Obviously you should substitute YOUR first name for "Firstname" and
YOUR last name for "Lastname"! Try not to send any signature, it
sometimes confuses the list processor.
The samba list is a digest list - every eight hours or so it sends a
single message containing all the messages that have been received by
the list since the last time and sends a copy of this message to all
subscribers. There are thousands of people on this list.
If you stop being interested in Samba, please send another email to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure the subject line is blank, and
include the following two lines in the body of the message:
The F Fr ro om m: : line in your message _ M_ U_ S_ T be the same
address you used when
2 2. .7 7. . S So om me et th hi in ng g' 's s g go on ne e
w wr ro on ng g - - w wh ha at t s sh ho ou ul ld d I I d do o? ?
# # * ** ** * I IM MP PO OR RT TA AN NT T! ! * ** ** * # #
DO NOT post messages on mailing lists or in newsgroups until you have
carried out the first three steps given here!
1. See if there are any likely looking entries in this FAQ! If you
have just installed Samba, have you run through the checklist in
DIAGNOSIS.txt <ftp://samba.org/pub/samba/DIAGNOSIS.txt>? It
can save you a lot of time and effort. DIAGNOSIS.txt can also be
found in the docs directory of the Samba distribution.
2. Read the man pages for smbd, nmbd and smb.conf, looking for topics
that relate to what you are trying to do.
3. If there is no obvious solution to hand, try to get a look at the
log files for smbd and/or nmbd for the period during which you were
having problems. You may need to reconfigure the servers to provide
more extensive debugging information - usually level 2 or level 3
provide ample debugging info. Inspect these logs closely, looking
particularly for the string "Error:".
4. If you need urgent help and are willing to pay for it see ``Paid
If you still haven't got anywhere, ask the mailing list or newsgroup.
In general nobody minds answering questions provided you have followed
the preceding steps. It might be a good idea to scan the archives of
the mailing list, which are available through the Samba web site
described in the previous section. When you post be sure to include a
good description of your environment and your problem.
If you successfully solve a problem, please mail the FAQ maintainer a
succinct description of the symptom, the problem and the solution, so
that an explanation can be incorporated into the next version.
2 2. .8 8. . H Ho ow w d do o I I s su ub bm mi it t
p pa at tc ch he es s o or r b bu ug g r re ep po or rt ts s? ?
If you make changes to the source code, _ p_ l_ e_ a_ s_ e submit these
that everyone else gets the benefit of your work. This is one of the
most important aspects to the maintainence of Samba. Send all patches
to email@example.com. Do not send patches to Andrew Tridgell
or any other individual, they may be lost if you do.
Patch format ------------
If you are sending a patch to fix a problem then please don't just use
standard diff format. As an example, samba-bugs received this patch
382a #endif 381a #if !defined(NEWS61)
How are we supposed to work out what this does and where it goes?
These sort of patches only work if we both have identical files in the
first place. The Samba sources are constantly changing at the hands of
multiple developers, so it doesn't work.
Please use either context diffs or (even better) unified diffs. You
get these using "diff -c4" or "diff -u". If you don't have a diff that
can generate these then please send manualy commented patches to I
know what is being changed and where. Most patches are applied by hand
so the info must be clear.
This is a basic guideline that will assist us with assessing your
problem more efficiently :
Machine Arch: Machine OS: OS Version: Kernel:
Compiler: Libc Version:
Network Layout (description):
What else is on machine (services, etc):
Some extras :
+ o what you did and what happened
+ o relevant parts of a debugging output file with debuglevel higher.
If you can't find the relevant parts, please ask before mailing
+ o anything else you think is useful to trace down the bug
2 2. .9 9. . W Wh ha at t i if f I I h ha av ve e a an n
U UR RG GE EN NT T m me es ss sa ag ge e f fo or r t th he e
d de ev ve el lo op pe er rs s? ?
If you have spotted something very serious and believe that it is
important to contact the developers quickly send a message to samba-
firstname.lastname@example.org. This will be processed more quickly than mail
to samba-bugs. Please think carefully before using this address. An
example of its use might be to report a security hole.
Examples of things _ n_ o_ t to send to samba-urgent include problems
getting Samba to work at all and bugs that cannot potentially cause
2 2. .1 10 0. . W Wh ha at t i if f I I n ne ee ed d p pa ai id d- -
f fo or r s su up pp po or rt t? ?
Samba has a large network of consultants who provide Samba support on
a commercial basis. The list is included in the package in
<../Support.txt>, and the latest version will always be on the main
samba ftp site. Any company in the world can request that the samba
team include their details in Support.txt so we can give no guarantee
of their services.
2 2. .1 11 1. . P Pi iz zz za a s su up pp pl ly y
d de et ta ai il ls s
Those who have registered in the Samba survey as "Pizza Factory" will
already know this, but the rest may need some help. Andrew doesn't ask
for payment, but he does appreciate it when people give him pizza.
This calls for a little organisation when the pizza donor is twenty
thousand kilometres away, but it has been done.
1. Ring up your local branch of an international pizza chain and see
if they honour their vouchers internationally. Pizza Hut do, which
is how the entire Canberra Linux Users Group got to eat pizza one
night, courtesy of someone in the US.
2. Ring up a local pizza shop in Canberra and quote a credit card
number for a certain amount, and tell them that Andrew will be
collecting it (don't forget to tell him.) One kind soul from
Germany did this.
3. Purchase a pizza voucher from your local pizza shop that has no
international affiliations and send it to Andrew. It is completely
useless but he can hang it on the wall next to the one he already
has from Germany :-)
4. Air freight him a pizza with your favourite regional flavours. It
will probably get stuck in customs or torn apart by hungry sniffer
dogs but it will have been a noble gesture.
3 3. . A Ab bo ou ut t t th he e C CI IF FS S a an nd d S SM MB B
P Pr ro ot to oc co ol ls s
3 3. .1 1. . W Wh ha at t i is s t th he e S Se er rv ve er r
M Me es ss sa ag ge e B Bl lo oc ck k ( (S SM MB B) )
P Pr ro ot to oc co ol l? ?
SMB is a filesharing protocol that has had several maintainers and
contributors over the years including Xerox, 3Com and most recently
Microsoft. Names for this protocol include LAN Manager and Microsoft
Networking. Parts of the specification has been made public at several
versions including in an X/Open document, as listed at
<ftp://ftp.microsoft.com/developr/drg/CIFS/>. No specification
releases were made between 1992 and 1996, and during that period
Microsoft became the SMB implementor with the largest market share.
Microsoft developed the specification further for its products but for
various reasons connected with developer's workload rather than market
strategy did not make the changes public. This culminated with the
"Windows NT 0.12" version released with NT 3.5 in 1995 which had
significant improvements and bugs. Because Microsoft client systems
are so popular, it is fair to say that what Microsoft with Windows
affects all suppliers of SMB server products.
From 1994 Andrew Tridgell began doing some serious work on his
Smbserver (now Samba) product and with some helpers started to
implement more and more of these protocols. Samba began to take a
significant share of the SMB server market.
3 3. .2 2. . W Wh ha at t i is s t th he e C Co om mm mo on n
I In nt te er rn ne et t F Fi il le es sy ys st te em m
( (C CI IF FS S) )? ?
The initial pressure for Microsoft to document their current SMB
implementation came from the Samba team, who kept coming across things
on the wire that Microsoft either didn't know about or hadn't
documented anywhere (even in the sourcecode to Windows NT.) Then Sun
Microsystems came out with their WebNFS initiative, designed to
replace FTP for file transfers on the Internet. There are many
drawbacks to WebNFS (including its scope - it aims to replace HTTP as
well!) but the concept was attractive. FTP is not very clever, and why
should it be harder to get files from across the world than across the
Some hasty revisions were made and an Internet Draft for the Common
Internet Filesystem (CIFS) was released. Note that CIFS is not an
Internet standard and is a very long way from becoming one, BUT the
protocol specification is in the public domain and ongoing discussions
concerning the spec take place on a public mailing list according to
the rules of the Internet Engineering Task Force. For more information
and pointers see <http://samba.org/cifs/>
The following is taken from <http://www.microsoft.com/intdev/cifs/>
CIFS defines a standard remote file system access protocol for use
over the Internet, enabling groups of users to work together and
share documents across the Internet or within their corporate
intranets. CIFS is an open, cross-platform technology based on the
native file-sharing protocols built into Microsoft Windows and
other popular PC operating systems, and supported on dozens of
other platforms, including UNIX. With CIFS, millions of computer
users can open and share remote files on the Internet without
to install new software or change the way they work."
If you consider CIFS as a backwardsly-compatible refinement of SMB
that will work reasonably efficiently over the Internet you won't be
too far wrong.
The net effect is that Microsoft is now documenting large parts of
their Windows NT fileserver protocols. The security concepts embodied
in Windows NT are part of the specification, which is why Samba
documentation often talks in terms of Windows NT. However there is no
reason why a site shouldn't conduct all its file and printer sharing
with CIFS and yet have no Microsoft products at all.
3 3. .3 3. . W Wh ha at t i is s B Br ro ow ws si in ng g? ?
The term "Browsing" causes a lot of confusion. It is the part of the
SMB/CIFS protocol which allows for resource discovery. For example, in
the Windows NT Explorer it is possible to see a "Network
Neighbourhood" of computers in the same SMB workgroup. Clicking on the
name of one of these machines brings up a list of file and printer
resources for connecting to. In this way you can cruise the network,
seeing what things are available. How this scales to the Internet is a
subject for debate. Look at the CIFS list archives to see what the
4 4. . D De es si ig gn ni in ng g A A S SM MB B a an nd d
C CI IF FS S N Ne et tw wo or rk k
The big issues for installing any network of LAN or WAN file and print
+ o How and where usernames, passwords and other security information
+ o What method can be used for locating the resources that users have
permission to use
+ o What protocols the clients can converse with
If you buy Netware, Windows NT or just about any other LAN fileserver
product you are expected to lock yourself into the product's preferred
answers to these questions. This tendancy is restrictive and often
very expensive for a site where there is only one kind of client or
server, and for sites with a mixture of operating systems it often
makes it impossible to share resources between some sets of users.
The Samba philosophy is to make things as easy as possible for
administators, which means allowing as many combinations of clients,
servers, operating systems and protocols as possible.
4 4. .1 1. . W Wo or rk kg gr ro ou up ps s, ,
D Do om ma ai in ns s, , A Au ut th he en nt ti ic ca at ti io on n
a an nd d B Br ro ow ws si in ng g
From the point of view of networking implementation, Domains and
Workgroups are _ e_ x_ a_ c_ t_ l_ y the same, except for the client
Some kind of distributed authentication database is associated with a
domain (there are quite a few choices) and this adds so much
flexibility that many people think of a domain as a completely
different entity to a workgroup. From Samba's point of view a client
connecting to a service presents an authentication token, and it if it
is valid they have access. Samba does not care what mechanism was used
to generate that token in the first place.
The SMB client logging on to a domain has an expectation that every
other server in the domain should accept the same authentication
information. However the network browsing functionality of domains
and workgroups is identical and is explained in <../BROWSING.txt>.
There are some implementation differences: Windows 95 can be a member
of both a workgroup and a domain, but Windows NT cannot. Windows 95
also has the concept of an "alternative workgroup". Samba can only be
a member of a single workgroup or domain, although this is due to
change with a future version when nmbd will be split into two daemons,
one for WINS and the other for browsing ( <../NetBIOS.txt> explains
what WINS is.)
4 4. .1 1. .1 1. . D De ef fi in ni in ng g t th he e T Te er rm ms s
W Wo or rk kg gr ro ou up p
means a collection of machines that maintain a common browsing
database containing information about their shared resources.
They do not necessarily have any security information in common
(if they do, it gets called a Domain.) The browsing database is
dynamic, modified as servers come and go on the network and as
resources are added or deleted. The term "browsing" refers to a
user accessing the database via whatever interface the client
provides, eg the OS/2 Workplace Shell or Windows 95 Explorer.
SMB servers agree between themselves as to which ones will
maintain the browsing database. Workgroups can be anywhere on a
connected TCP/IP network, including on different subnets or even
on the Interet. This is a very tricky part of SMB to implement.
M Ma as st te er r B Br ro ow ws se er rs s
are machines which holds the master browsing database for a
workgroup or domain. There are two kinds of Master Browser:
+ o Domain Master Browser, which holds the master browsing
information for an entire domain, which may well cross multiple
+ o Local Master Browser, which holds the master browsing database
for a particular subnet and communicates with the Domain Master
Browser to get information on other subnets.
Subnets are differentiated because browsing is based on
broadcasts, and broadcasts do not pass through routers. Subnets
are not routed: while it is possible to have more than one
subnet on a single network segment this is regarded as very bad
Master Browsers (both Domain and Local) are elected dynamically
according to an algorithm which is supposed to take into account
the machine's ability to sustain the browsing load. Samba can be
configured to always act as a master browser, ie it always wins
elections under all circumstances, even against systems such as
a Windows NT Primary Domain Controller which themselves expect
There are also Backup Browsers which are promoted to Master
Browsers in the event of a Master Browser disappearing from the
Alternative terms include confusing variations such as "Browse
Master", and "Master Browser" which we are trying to eliminate
from the Samba documentation.
D Do om ma ai in n C Co on nt tr ro ol ll le er r
is a term which comes from the Microsoft and IBM etc
implementation of the LAN Manager protocols. It is tied to
authentication. There are other ways of doing domain
authentication, but the Windows NT method has a large market
share. The general issues are discussed in <../DOMAIN.txt> and
a Windows NT-specific discussion is in <../DOMAIN_CONTROL.txt>.
4 4. .1 1. .2 2. . S Sh ha ar re el le ev ve el l
( (W Wo or rk kg gr ro ou up p) ) S Se ec cu ur ri it ty y
S Se er rv vi ic ce es s
With the Samba setting "security = SHARE", all shared resources
information about what password is associated with them but only hints
as to what usernames might be valid (the hint can be 'all users', in
which case any username will work. This is usually a bad idea, but
reflects both the initial implementations of SMB in the mid-80s and
its reincarnation with Windows for Workgroups in 1992. The idea behind
workgroup security was that small independant groups of people could
share information on an ad-hoc basis without there being an
authentication infrastructure present or requiring them to do more
than fill in a dialogue box.
4 4. .1 1. .3 3. . A Au ut th he en nt ti ic ca at ti io on n
D Do om ma ai in n M Mo od de e S Se er rv vi ic ce es s
With the Samba settings "security = USER" or "security = SERVER"
accesses to all resources are checked for username/password pair
matches in a more rigorous manner. To the client, this has the effect
of emulating a Microsoft Domain. The client is not concerned whether
or not Samba looks up a Windows NT SAM or does it in some other way.
4 4. .2 2. . A Au ut th he en nt ti ic ca at ti io on n
S Sc ch he em me es s
In the simple case authentication information is stored on a single
server and the user types a password on connecting for the first time.
However client operating systems often require a password before they
can be used at all, and in addition users usually want access to more
than one server. Asking users to remember many different passwords in
different contexts just does not work. Some kind of distributed
authentication database is needed. It must cope with password changes
and provide for assigning groups of users the same level of access
permissions. This is why Samba installations often choose to implement
a Domain model straight away.
Authentication decisions are some of the biggest in designing a
network. Are you going to use a scheme native to the client operating
system, native to the server operating system, or newly installed on
both? A list of options relevant to Samba (ie that make sense in the
context of the SMB protocol) follows. Any experiences with other
setups would be appreciated. refer to server FAQ for "passwd chat"
passwd program password server etc etc...
4 4. .2 2. .1 1. . N NI IS S
For Windows 95, Windows for Workgroups and most other clients Samba
can be a domain controller and share the password database via NIS
transparently. Windows NT is different. Free NIS NT client
4 4. .2 2. .2 2. . K Ke er rb be er ro os s
Kerberos for US users only: Kerberos overview
4 4. .2 2. .3 3. . F FT TP P
Other NT w/s logon hack via NT
4 4. .2 2. .4 4. . D De ef fa au ul lt t S Se er rv ve er r
M Me et th ho od d
4 4. .2 2. .5 5. . C Cl li ie en nt t- -s si id de e
D Da at ta ab ba as se e O On nl ly y
4 4. .3 3. . P Po os st t- -
A Au ut th he en nt ti ic ca at ti io on n: : N Ne et tl lo og go on n, ,
L Lo og go on n S Sc cr ri ip pt ts s, , P Pr ro of fi il le es s
5 5. . C Cr ro os ss s- -P Pr ro ot to oc co ol l F Fi il le e
S Sh ha ar ri in ng g
Samba is an important tool for...
It is possible to...
File protocol gateways...
"Setting up a Linux File Server"
Two free implementations of Appletalk for Unix are Netatalk,
<http://www.umich.edu/~rsug/netatalk/>, and CAP,
<http://www.cs.mu.oz.au/appletalk/atalk.html>. What Samba offers MS
Windows users, these packages offer to Macs. For more info on these
packages, Samba, and Linux (and other UNIX-based systems) see
<http://www.eats.com/linux_mac_win.html> 3.5) Sniffing your nework
6 6. . M Mi is sc ce el ll la an ne eo ou us s
6 6. .1 1. . I Is s S Sa am mb ba a Y Ye ea ar r 2 20 00 00 0
c co om mp pl li ia an nt t? ?
The CIFS protocol that Samba implements negotiates times in various
formats, all of which are able to cope with dates beyond 2000.