Samba 3.0 progress

Andrew Tridgell tridge at
Fri Dec 21 00:41:03 GMT 2001

Samba 3.0 has been progessing well. I haven't been sending
announcements of each version to this list, instead relying on those
who are interested watching the samba-cvs commit list.

We are now up to Samba 3.0 alpha12. A lot of progress has been made in
the last few weeks, and the getting close to the point where we will
close off the 2.2 branch and concentrate on getting 3.0 released. I
hope there will be just one more 2.2 release (although almost
inevitably there will end up being more).

Here is the change log for the alpha releases so far. Please do start
testing the alpha releases.

Happy Holidays!

	Samba Team


              WHATS NEW IN Samba 3.0 alphaX

Changes in alpha12
- doc updates (jerry)
- store domain sid on ADS join (tridge)
- allow a winbind username on ADS connection (tridge)

Changes in alpha11
- fixed fallback to "ads server" option (tridge)
- fix ACL failure on HP HFS (jra)
- net ads password and net ads chostpass commands (Remus Koos)
- fixed valid char array generation (tridge)
- fixed QFS_INFO for win98 long filenames (tridge)
- added net lookup command (tridge)
- fixed map to guest with spnego (tridge)
- fixed irix warnings (tridge)

Changes in alpha10
- hide unreadable fix using acl fns (jra)
- lsa_open_policy cleanup (jfm)
- mangled directories fix (jra)
- fix error return on bad pipe (jra)
- fix homes share with no home dir (tpot)
- fixed handling of dead or empty domains in winbindd (tridge)
- added talloc torture program (mbp)
- talloc debug code (mbp)
- added trusted domains to winbindd/ADS (tridge)
- fix trusted domains in auth code (tridge)
- new gss error handling code (a.bokovoy at & tridge)
- support mixed ADS/NT4 domains (tridge)

Changes in alpha9
- nicer net error messages (tpot)
- trust account patches (mimir)
- solaris link option update (davecb)
- added lsa_query_secobj() server fn (jfm)
- spoolss changeid fix (jerry)
- domain auth error fix (jmcd)
- HPUX acl code (jra)
- set filetime on close fix (jra)
- allow select of org unit in ads join (tridge)

Changes in alpha8
- fixed compile of wb_client.c (tridge)
- fixed net time to use localtime (tridge)
- net help cleanups (jmcd)
- debug level fix (tpot)
- utmp string length fixes (monyo)

Changes in alpha7

- added "net ads info" to probe basic into on your ads server without
  any authentication
- improved some error handling

Changes in alpha6

- added "net time zone" command (tridge)
- pam_smbpass updates (a.bokovoy at
- irix updates (herb)
- net rpc join handles existing machine acct (tridge)

Changes in alpha5

- added "net time" command (tridge)
- allow client tools to specify a hostname of form HOST#xx (tridge)
- added wbinfo --set-auth-user (tpot)
- added lsaquerysecobj to rpcclient (tpot)

Changes in alpha4

- fixed nexus/win9x user list (jfm)
- fixed large user/group lists in winbindd (tridge)
- fixed gssapi headers in redhat (jmcd)
- fixed rap error code handling (jra)
- more usermanager rpc calls (jfm)
- re-added RAP calls at top level to net command (tridge)

Changes in alpha3

- fixed a silly tdb bug in alpha2 that affected internal databases

Changes in alpha2

- we no longer use cyrus-sasl for LDAP SASL/gssapi. This makes our ADS
  code much more robust.
- winbindd cache code rewritten to be much more efficient. It also
  copes much better with server outages.
- jfm implemented full group mapping and smb.conf option 'domain admin
  group' is now gone. Consult the GROUP-MAPPING-HOWTO.txt to know how
  to gain back administrator rights.
- docs update started
- numerous small bugfixes

Changes in alpha1

 - winbindd now uses LDAP and works correctly with an ADS server in
   native mode
 - XFS quotas code on Linux
 - group mapping code from JFM
 - "net rpc join" command replaces smbpasswd -j
 - fixed winbind initgroups


This is a pre-release of Samba 3.0 alpha0. This is NOT a stable
release. Use at your own risk.

The purpose of this alpha release is to get wider testing of the major
new pieces of code in the current Samba 3.0 development tree. We are
planning on ceasing development on the 2.2.x release of Samba very
shortly and after that we will be concentrating on Samba 3.0. To
reduce the time before the final Samba 3.0 release we need as many
poeple as possible to start testing these alpha releases, and
hopefully giving us some high quality feedback on what needs fixing.

Note that Samba 3.0 is not anywhere near feature complete yet. There
is a lot more coding we have planned, but unless we get what we have
done already more widely tested we will have a hard time doing a
stable release in a reasonable time frame.

This release is also missing major pieces of documentation, and there
are many parts of the docs that have not been updated to reflect the
new options and features in 3.0. 

Major new features:

- Active Directory support. This release is able to join a ADS realm
  as a member server and authenticate users using
  LDAP/kerberos. Please read ADS-HOWTO.txt in the release for a very
  rough guide on how to set this up.

- Unicode support. Samba will now negotiate unicode on the wire and
  interally there is now a much better infrastructure for multi-byte
  and unicode character sets. You may need the "dos charset", "unix
  charset" and "display charset" options. The unicode support is not
  yet documented. 

- New authentication system. The internal authentication system has
  been almost completely rewritten. Most of the changes are internal,
  but the new auth system is also very configurable. Not documented

- new filename mangling system. The filename mangling system has been
  completely rewritten. An internal database now stores mangling maps
  persistantly. This needs lots of testing.

- new "net" command. A new "net" command has been added. It is
  somewhat similar to the "net" command in windows. Eventually we plan
  to replace a bunch of other utilities (such as smbpasswd) with
  subcommands in "net", at the moment only a few things are

- Samba now negotiates NT-style status32 codes on the wire. This
  improves error handling a lot.

- better w2k printing support. The support for printing from win2000
  clients has improved greatly. 

Plus lots of other changes!

Note that many new features are not documented. Don't let this stop
you from using Samba 3.0. It is particularly important that the basic
file/print serving abilities of Samba 3.0 are widely tested to ensure
that we have not broken any of the basic functionality. As we do more
alpha releases we will start to document the new features.

Reporting bugs & Development Discussion

Please discuss this release on the samba-technical mailing list or by
joining the #samba-technical IRC channel on

If you do report problems then please try to send high quality
feedback. If you don't provide vital information to help us track down
the problem then you will probably be ignored.

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