Samba 2

By Timothy Dyck  |  Posted 2001-04-30 Print this article Print

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Samba provides the bread and butter of corporate networks: file and print services. This release, the first viable open-source alternative to Windows NT Server 4.0, can replace or augment that product in some less-critical situations and thus can save companies considerable amounts of money.

SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // This free Windows-compatible file and print server is going to help just about any organizations bottom line.

LONG-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // As Samba moves toward full Windows NT Server functionality, some organizations will find that in a years time, Samba (or a Samba-based appliance) is all they need.

Supports Windows NT and Windows 2000 clients; automatic printer driver downloading; Windows users can take advantage of Unix ACLs; Web-based administration.

No support for Windows NT domain trust relationships; cant use (or be used as) a backup domain controller; Winbind Windows log-in integration utility not yet integrated into main Samba distribution.

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Timothy Dyck is a Senior Analyst with eWEEK Labs. He has been testing and reviewing application server, database and middleware products and technologies for eWEEK since 1996. Prior to joining eWEEK, he worked at the LAN and WAN network operations center for a large telecommunications firm, in operating systems and development tools technical marketing for a large software company and in the IT department at a government agency. He has an honors bachelors degree of mathematics in computer science from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and a masters of arts degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.

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