MS "breaking" Samba

Paul Leach paulle at
Tue Sep 26 00:02:10 GMT 2000

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Matthew Geddes [mailto:mgeddes at]
> Sent: Monday, September 25, 2000 4:18 PM
> To: samba-ntdom at
> Subject: FINAL: Future/end of TNG
> The Samba team have been working flat out for some time now, trying to
> add features from Samba TNG to Samba. I don't believe that they could
> possibly put an accurate timeframe on completion, because the set of
> protocols they are dealing with are known to be undocumented 
> (until Luke
> documented them) and Microsoft have been pretty keen to change little
> parts of the protocols to break things like Samba.

We have never added any improvements (or non-improvements) to the
protocols in order to "break" Samba (or to affect it in any way at all).
We tested Win2k against Samba as a file server to make sure that it
continued to work as a "down-level" server, along with NT4, OS/2,
Windows 9x, and others. Of course, it (just like NT4) would not support
the new Windows 2000 features, by which we hope to entice our customers
to upgrade by providing new value to them. 

Just to be clear: we didn't test Win2k against Samba as a DC; we did
test against NT4 DCs, however, so if Samba really does emulate all NT4
DC functionality, it should have been OK.

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