[Samba] Samba 4.0 released - The First Free Software Active Directory Compatible Server is now available !

L.P.H. van Belle belle at bazuin.nl
Wed Dec 12 00:34:05 MST 2012


Thank you to all the developers and people whoem helped to make this happen. 
Many thanks and keep up the good work. 


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>Van: jra at samba.org [mailto:samba-bounces at lists.samba.org] 
>Namens Jeremy Allison
>Verzonden: dinsdag 11 december 2012 18:33
>Aan: samba at samba.org; samba-technical at samba.org; 
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>CC: jra at samba.org
>Onderwerp: [Samba] Samba 4.0 released - The First Free 
>Software Active Directory Compatible Server is now available !
>                      Samba Team Releases Samba 4.0
>                      =============================
>December 11th 2012.
>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.
>The First Free Software Active Directory Compatible Server
>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
>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.
>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.
>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.
>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:
>"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."
>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.
>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.
>Created Using Microsoft Documentation
>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.
>"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."
>Introducing SMB2.1 File Serving Support
>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
>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
>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.
>Integrated Clustered File Server Support
>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
>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.
>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
>Samba and ctdb have been shipping in production file serving products
>for many years, to some of the most demanding customers in the world.
>Easy Integration into Existing Directory Services
>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.
>Stability, Security and Performance
>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.
>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.
>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
>A Modular Toolbox for OEM Vendor Needs
>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
>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
>Samba is the leading choice for Microsoft Windows connectivity
>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.
>Commercial support is available for Samba from many different vendors.
>Getting Samba 4.0
>Samba 4.0 source code is available now from the Samba Web site.
>About Active Directory
>Microsoft Windows and Active Directory are trademarks of Microsoft
>About the Samba Team
>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.
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