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    BKUSAMBA.RVW 20000126 Using Samba , Robert Eckstein/David Collier-Brown/Peter Kelly, 2000, 1-56592-449-5, U$34.95/C$51.95 %A Robert Eckstein %A David
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      BKUSAMBA.RVW 20000126

      "Using Samba", Robert Eckstein/David Collier-Brown/Peter Kelly, 2000,
      1-56592-449-5, U$34.95/C$51.95
      %A Robert Eckstein
      %A David Collier-Brown
      %A Peter Kelly
      %C 103 Morris Street, Suite A, Sebastopol, CA 95472
      %D 2000
      %G 1-56592-449-5
      %I O'Reilly and Associates
      %O U$34.95/C$51.95 707-829-0515 fax: 707-829-0104 nuts@...
      %P 416 p.
      %T "Using Samba"

      Server Message Block (SMB) is a protocol used for simple client-server
      networking. More importantly, however, it is the protocol used in
      Microsoft's basic Windows products. There are Windows clients for
      other protocols, such as NFS (Network File System), but these are not
      supplied with the operating system and must be purchased separately.
      As well, these add-on clients are not as tightly coupled with the
      Windows operating system and its functions.

      Samba is a UNIX server program using the SMB protocol. This allows
      UNIX administrators to set up file and print sharing on UNIX machines,
      for access and use by Windows PCs without specialized clients on all
      the workstations.

      Chapter one is an introduction to Samba and the basic SMB concepts.
      Compilation and installation of Samba on the UNIX server are covered
      in chapter two. Setup of Windows clients is dealt with in chapter
      three, as well as some header level information about the protocol
      itself. The material details configuration of Windows 9x and NT
      separately, because of the slight differences in menus and dialogue
      boxes. The instructions are quite detailed, even down to the
      information that the IP 192.168.x.x address range can be used for
      internal LANs, although more time is spent with the 9x versions than
      with NT.

      Most of the rest of the book is spent on configuration options for
      Samba. Chapter four provides an outline of the smb.conf file and the
      basic preference settings. Browsing (functions advertising and
      searching for resources) and advanced file sharing choices are given
      in chapter five. Security related settings are discussed in chapter
      six, along with some practical tips. Chapter seven looks at printing
      and name resolution, while miscellaneous functions are presented in
      chapter eight.

      Chapter nine outlines not just troubleshooting tools, but also
      detailed procedures. Appendices list information on the use of SSL
      (Secure Sockets Layer), performance tuning, daemons and commands, as
      well as a command reference.

      The book is aimed at experienced UNIX administrators. The
      explanations of how Windows works will definitely be of help to these
      people. However, it is a bit of a pity that slightly more information
      wasn't included about UNIX for those not familiar with the system.
      While there certainly are good references for UNIX administration
      available (many of them coming from O'Reilly), it is arguably the case
      that the greater "market" for Samba is among those who administer
      Windows networks, and need the basic and reliable server functions
      that UNIX can provide.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 2000 BKUSAMBA.RVW 20000126

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