[SCM] Samba Website Repository - branch master updated

Lars Müller lmuelle at samba.org
Tue Dec 11 10:59:23 MST 2012

The branch, master has been updated
       via  e6e0431 Add 4.0 release announcement
      from  bf293f1 release notes: Update.


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commit e6e04311f7b778ba3ebf16238fe0f5ba3dac826a
Author: Lars Müller <lars at samba.org>
Date:   Tue Dec 11 19:00:13 2012 +0100

    Add 4.0 release announcement


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+<!--#include virtual="/samba/header.html" -->
+  <title>Samba - opening windows to a wider world</title>
+<!--#include virtual="/samba/global_menu.html" -->
+<h2><a name="4.0.0">Samba Team Releases Samba 4.0</h2>
+<p>December 11th 2012.</p>
+<p>The Samba Team is proud to announce the release of Samba 4.0, a major
+new release of the award-winning Free Software file, print and
+authentication server suite for Microsoft Windows clients.</p>
+<h3>The First Free Software Active Directory Compatible Server</h3>
+<p>As the culmination of ten years' work, the Samba Team has created the
+first compatible Free Software implementation of Microsoft’s Active
+Directory protocols. Familiar to all network administrators, the
+Active Directory protocols are the heart of modern directory service
+<p>Samba 4.0 comprises an LDAP directory server, Heimdal Kerberos
+authentication server, a secure Dynamic DNS server, and
+implementations of all necessary remote procedure calls for Active
+Directory. Samba 4.0 provides everything needed to serve as an Active
+Directory Compatible Domain Controller for all versions of Microsoft
+Windows clients currently supported by Microsoft, including the
+recently released Windows 8.</p>
+<p>The Samba 4.0 Active Directory Compatible Server provides support for
+features such as Group Policy, Roaming Profiles, Windows
+Administration tools and integrates with Microsoft Exchange and Free
+Software compatible services such as OpenChange.</p>
+<p>The Samba 4.0 Active Directory Compatible Server can also be joined to
+an existing Microsoft Active Directory domain, and Microsoft Active
+Directory Domain Controllers can be joined to a Samba 4.0 Active
+Directory Compatible Server, showing true peer-to-peer
+interoperability of the Microsoft and Samba implementations of the
+Active Directory protocols.</p>
+<p>Acknowledging the value of the interoperability of the Samba 4.0
+Active Directory Compatible Server, Steve van Maanen, the co-founder
+of Starsphere LLC, an IT services company in Tokyo, said:</p>
+<p>"Thanks to Samba4, I have two fully replicating Active Directory
+Domain controllers that boot in under 10 seconds ! It is nice to have
+alternatives, and Samba4 is a great one."</p>
+<p>Upgrade scripts are also provided for organizations using the previous
+Microsoft Windows NT Domain Controller functionality in Samba 3.x, to
+allow them to migrate smoothly to Samba 4.0.</p>
+<p>Suitable for low-power and embedded applications, yet scaling to large
+clusters, Samba 4.0 is efficient and flexible. Its Python programming
+interface and administration toolkit help in enterprise deployments.</p>
+<h3>Created Using Microsoft Documentation</h3>
+<p>The Samba 4.0 Active Directory Compatible Server was created with help
+from the official protocol documentation published by Microsoft
+Corporation and the Samba Team would like acknowledge the
+documentation help and interoperability testing by Microsoft engineers
+that made our implementation interoperable.</p>
+<p>"Active Directory is a mainstay of enterprise IT environments, and
+Microsoft is committed to support for interoperability across
+platforms," said Thomas Pfenning, director of development, Windows
+Server. "We are pleased that the documentation and interoperability
+labs that Microsoft has provided have been key in the development of
+the Samba 4.0 Active Directory functionality."</p>
+<h3>Introducing SMB2.1 File Serving Support</h3>
+<p>Samba 4.0 includes the first Free Software implementation of
+Microsoft's SMB2.1 file serving protocol. Building on the success of
+the SMB2.0 server in Samba 3.6, the Samba 4.0 file server component is
+an evolution of the trusted Samba file serving code that is used
+worldwide by vendors of file servers, such as IBM's clustered Scale
+Out Network Attached Storage (SONAS), and many other commercial
+<p>In addition, the Samba 4.0 file server contains an initial
+implementation of SMB3, which will be further developed in later Samba
+4 releases into a fully-featured SMB3 clustered file server
+<p>Future developments of our SMB3 server and client suite, in
+combination with our expanding number of SMB3 tests, will keep driving
+the performance improvements and improved compatibility with Microsoft
+Windows that Samba users have come to expect from our software.</p>
+<h3>Integrated Clustered File Server Support</h3>
+<p>Building on our success as the first commercial implementation of a
+clustered SMB/CIFS server, Samba 4.0 provides industry-leading
+scalability and performance as a clustered SMB2/SMB/CIFS file server,
+using our "clustered tdb" (ctdb) technology - also available as Free
+<p>Clustered Samba provides a "Single Server" view of clustered file
+storage, allowing clients to connect to the least loaded server and
+still providing a completely coherent view of the underlying clustered
+file system.</p>
+<p>Written and tested to be compatible with most clustered file systems,
+both Free Software and proprietary, Samba 4.0 with ctdb provides a
+scalable clustered file server solution with full Windows file sharing
+<p>Samba and ctdb have been shipping in production file serving products
+for many years, to some of the most demanding customers in the world.</p>
+<h3>Easy Integration into Existing Directory Services</h3>
+<p>Samba 4.0 ships with an improved winbind, which allows Samba 4.0 file
+servers to easily integrate into existing Active Directory services as
+member servers. Both Microsoft Active Directory and Samba 4.0 Active
+Directory Compatible servers are supported.</p>
+<h3>Stability, Security and Performance</h3>
+<p>Samba 4.0 has been tested using our widely accepted smbtorture test
+suite, created by the Samba Team to test Samba itself and now used by
+most of the companies writing SMB3/SMB2/SMB/CIFS file server software
+to test their own products. We also regularly test interoperability
+with other major vendors at plug-fest events to make sure Samba 4.0
+deployments work correctly with existing customer equipment.</p>
+<p>In addition, Samba is one of eleven open source projects that leading
+software integrity vendor Coverity has certified as "secure" and has
+reached Coverity "Integrity Rung 2" certification.</p>
+<p>The Samba Team provides immediate responses to any security
+vulnerabilities, and provides fixes to all vendors using the Samba
+code in coordination with industry standard security reporting
+<h3>A Modular Toolbox for OEM Vendor Needs</h3>
+<p>As Free Software, Samba 4.0 is the ideal choice for Original Equipment
+Manufacturers (OEMs) to use for their file, print and authentication
+products. It is easily integrated into a whole host of different
+tasks, and can be customized at will by the vendor to satisfy their
+<p>In addition, Samba 4.0 includes a modular "Virtual File System" (VFS)
+interface that vendors can use to quickly and efficiently customize
+Samba to take advantage of any specific features of their underlying
+technology without having to modify any of the core Samba code. From
+advanced file systems to network traffic analysis, the Samba VFS layer
+allows external code to be easily integrated with Samba. Example
+modules are provided as source code for vendors to customize as they
+<h3>Samba is the leading choice for Microsoft Windows connectivity</h3>
+<p>Samba is the leading technology choice for Windows file serving on
+Linux and UNIX platforms and in embedded Network Attached Storage
+(NAS) solutions. Samba is used by vendors selling NAS solutions
+ranging from high end clustered business-critical systems, to low end
+consumer devices, and everything in between. Samba is fully IPv6
+enabled and meets all mandates for modern network interoperability.</p>
+<p>Commercial support is available for Samba from many different vendors.</p>
+<h3>Getting Samba 4.0</h3>
+<p>Samba 4.0 source code is available now from the <a href=http://www.samba.org/>Samba Web site</a>.</p>
+<h3>About Active Directory</h3>
+<p>Microsoft Windows and Active Directory are trademarks of Microsoft
+<h3>About the Samba Team</h3>
+<p>The Samba Team is a worldwide group of computer professionals working
+together via the Internet to produce the highest quality Free Software
+Windows (SMB3/SMB2/SMB/CIFS) server and client software. We are the
+undisputed experts in providing interoperability with computers
+running Microsoft Windows. Members of the Samba Team work for many of
+the largest companies in the software Industry and even helped
+Microsoft produce the protocol documentation that fully specifies the
+SMB/CIFS protocol.</p>

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