From: "Rob Slade, doting grandpa of Ryan and Trevor"
Organization: Vancouver Institute for Research into User To: email@example.com Date: Thu, 2 Mar 2000 15:38:44 -0800 Subject: REVIEW: "Using Samba", Robert Eckstein/David Collier-Brown/Peter 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 firstname.lastname@example.org %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 ====================== (quote inserted randomly by Pegasus Mailer) email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org A European says, `I can't understand this, what's wrong with me?' An American says, `I can't understand this, what's wrong with him?' - Terry Pratchett (author) http://victoria.tc.ca/techrev or http://sun.soci.niu.edu/~rslade