[ANNOUNCE] Samba 4.0.0alpha2
abartlet at samba.org
Mon Dec 17 23:54:32 GMT 2007
We are proud to a second alpha release of Samba 4.
What's new in Samba 4 alpha2
Samba 4 is the ambitious next version of the Samba suite that is being
developed in parallel to the stable 3.0 series. The main emphasis in
this branch is support for the Active Directory logon protocols used
by Windows 2000 and above.
Samba 4 is currently not yet in a state where it is usable in
production environments. Note the WARNINGS below, and the STATUS file,
which aims to document what should and should not work.
Samba4 alpha2 follows on from our first alpha release, made in
September, and the Technology Preview series we have offered for some
Samba4 alpha2 is not a final Samba release. That is more a reference
to Samba4's lack of the features we expect you will need than a
statement of code quality, but clearly it hasn't seen a broad
deployment yet. If you were to upgrade Samba3 (or indeed Windows) to
Samba4, you would find many things work, but that other key features
you may have relied on simply are not there yet.
For example, while Samba 3.0 is an excellent member of a Active
Directory domain, Samba4 is happier as a domain controller: (This is
where we have done most of the research and development).
While Samba4 is subjected to an awesome battery of tests on an
automated basis, and we have found Samba4 to be very stable in it's
behaviour, we have to recommend against upgrading production servers
from Samba 3 to Samba 4 at this stage. If you are upgrading an
experimental server, or looking to develop and test Samba, you should
backup all configuration and data.
Samba4 supports the server-side of the Active Directory logon environment
used by Windows 2000 and later, so we can do full domain join
and domain logon operations with these clients.
Our Domain Controller (DC) implementation includes our own built-in
LDAP server and Kerberos Key Distribution Center (KDC) as well as the
Samba3-like logon services provided over CIFS. We correctly generate
the infamous Kerberos PAC, and include it with the Kerberos tickets we
The new VFS features in Samba 4 adapts the filesystem on the server to
match the Windows client semantics, allowing Samba 4 to better match
windows behaviour and application expectations. This includes file
annotation information (in streams) and NT ACLs in particular. The
VFS is backed with an extensive automated test suite.
A new scripting interface has been added to Samba 4, allowing
Python programs to interface to Samba's internals.
The Samba 4 architecture is based around an LDAP-like database that
can use a range of modular backends. One of the backends supports
standards compliant LDAP servers (including OpenLDAP), and we are
working on modules to map between AD-like behaviours and this backend.
We are aiming for Samba 4 to be powerful frontend to large
CHANGES SINCE Alpha 1
In the time since Samba4 Alpha1 was released in September 2007, Samba has
continued to evolve, but you may particularly notice these areas:
MMC Support: The Active Directory Users and Computers console now
handles group membership correctly.
member/memberOf: These and other linked attributes are now kept in
subtree renames: Renaming a subtree of LDAP objects is now possible,
with all linked attributes being kept consistent.
Python Bindings: Bindings for a future move to Python as the
internal scripting language have been created.
Shared library use: In support of projects such as OpenChange,
which depend on Samba4, more of Samba4 is built as shared libraries.
These are just some of the highlights of the work done in the past few
months. More details can be found in our SVN history.
Those familiar with Samba 3 can find a list of user-visible changes
since that release series in the NEWS file.
- Domain member support is in it's infancy, and is not comparable to
the support found in Samba3.
- There is no printing support in the current release.
- The Samba4 port of the CTDB clustering support is not yet complete
- Clock Synchronisation is critical. Many 'wrong password' errors are
actually due to Kerberos objecting to a clock skew between client
A short guide to setting up Samba 4 can be found in the howto.txt file
in root of the tarball, and in the wiki at:
Development and Feedback
Bugs can be filed at https://bugzilla.samba.org/ but please be aware
that many features are simply not expected to work at this stage.
The Samba Wiki at http://wiki.samba.org should detail some of these
Development and general discussion about Samba 4 happens mainly on
the #samba-technical IRC channel (on irc.freenode.net) and
the samba-technical mailing list (see http://lists.samba.org/ for
The release tarball is available from the following location:
This release has been signed using GPG with Andrew's GPG key (28B436BB).
To verify that the signature is correct, make sure that the tarball has
been unzipped and run:
$ gpg --verify samba-4.0.0alpha2.tar.asc
We are also planning on making Debian packages available. No packages
for other distributions are planned at the moment.
The Samba team
Andrew Bartlett http://samba.org/~abartlet/
Authentication Developer, Samba Team http://samba.org
Samba Developer, Red Hat Inc. http://redhat.com
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