[Samba] Newbie looking to move from Netware to Linux/Samba

Aaron Kincer kincera at gmail.com
Thu Nov 9 21:08:42 GMT 2006

You will most likely run into the infamous archive bit problem with MS 
Word (if you use it there) and a few other applications, so I'll save 
you the scratching of your head and suggest you read my solution after 
you get your server up and running:


The short short version is that archive bits on Samba and some 
applications don't play well together. Since many backup software 
packages rely on this to determine if something needs to be backed up, 
you need to be aware of it and know the solution ahead of time.

Good luck.

Aaron Kincer

Boaz Bezborodko wrote:
> Gary Dale wrote:
>> Boaz Bezborodko wrote:
>>> I'm looking to move my companies server from an old Netware 5.0 file
>>> server to a Linux/Samba server on new hardware.
>>> Since my companies' systems are not mission critical (I can afford to be
>>> down for a few hours at a time after a switch-over) I feel I have the
>>> tolerance for some problems in getting it installed.
>>> Is this something I should be able to handle on my own (I installed the
>>> NW 5.0 box on my own) and can I depend on support from the community in
>>> doing so?
>>> Thanks in advance,
>>> Boaz
>> Most distributions install a working Samba by default or as a
>> selectable option. However, you will have to set up users and shares.
>> You may find SWAT handy for doing this.
>> You haven't told us a lot about your setup but is sounds like you
>> don't have too much going on. It should be a piece of cake.
> Current hardware:  PII-350 on an ASUS P2BL motherboard, Compaq Smart
> Array 3200 SCSI controller, Compaq Storage array UE, Sony 20GB Tape
> backup SDT-10000
> OS: Netware 5.0
> Backup Software: Backup Exec
> Major Application:  FilePro Database
> The critical application is the FilePro database which, I understand,
> might take some adjustments to the file locking configuration on Samba. 
> I'll also need to have a backup solution.
> I wanted to stick with an industrial-class SCSI Array and was thinking
> of picking up some used HP SCSI hardware on ebay.  The Smart Array 3200
> has saved me on a number of occasions and was pretty easy to use so I
> like the idea of sticking with it unless others know why not to do so or
> have suggestions they think are better.
> I only have about 10 users so even moving stuff manually shouldn't be
> that difficult.
> Boaz

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