samba on linux clusters

Herb Lewis herb at
Wed Nov 22 13:56:37 GMT 2000

Tomek Jarosinski wrote:
> Hello,
> Yes, i learned something.
> 1. So called "open source" project Linux Failsafe from SGI is
> interesting. In the documentation you will find information that
> Failsafe agents for Samba and NFS exists. In the reality they do not
> exist yet. When i was asking Failsafe developpers about it, i didn't get
> any CLEAR answer. It seems that Failsafe for Linux will be free, but if
> you want to use it you have to buy software agents for Samba and NFS at
> SGI.

The samba agent does exist (I should know as I ported it). I tried to 
convince them to open source this as well but was unsuccessful. It
isn't all that difficult to write an agent since they give you sample
code, so if you don't want to pay for one, you can write your own.

I cannot blame SGI for wanting to keep the agents out of open source
as they are the "value add" you get. There has been many years of
developement that went into the FailSafe product at a great deal of
expense to SGI. The fact that they open-sourced the major portion
(all you need actually to implement FailSafe) should be applauded.
If they still want to sell "extras" that is completely within their

These views are my own not necessarily those of SGI - standard lawyer
speak :-)

> 2. has different software you can use and create Linux
> Cluster. For Samba the best choice is probably Heartbeat + some home
> made scripts for your configuration. We are setting now one Linux
> Cluster using Heartbeat, when it will be running, i will inform you.

Herb Lewis                               Silicon Graphics 
Networking Engineer                      1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy MS-510
Strategic Software Organization          Mountain View, CA  94043-1351
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