[Samba] Books of Samba 4

Petros Petros.Listig at fdrive.com.au
Wed Mar 5 23:12:25 MST 2014

Sorry about self-quoting..

Obviously Samba4 was planned differently as it is now, eg. with ntvfs,  
and more of the samba3 code is there than planned. The structure of  
the Wiki does not reflect it well, I think.

I spent more time "looking around" as others may, simply because I  
want to use it under FreeBSD and ZFS and.. well, it makes cautious ..  
so I looked for background.

I cannot find a prominent entry point for a quick "I want to use  
Samba" - how?" approach.

I suggest the one below, and wonder whether idea and place (Wiki start  
page, Introduction) are right.

I am tempted "just to do it" but do not want to vandalize the wiki:-)

Or is this page or something similar there already, I just overlooked it?

It also would be cool to add an architectural overview somewhere, e.g.  
which modules are used by which configuration, and how they work  

Even a few graphics with arrows;-)

It does a lot if you can understand what's going under the hood. A lot  
of frustration comes from misunderstandings, especially if it does not  
work out of the box.

For an admin who was not involved in the making it is not as obvious  
as for a team member who spent months and years making it. The later  
knows exactly what is running/configured/needed when.


Quoting Petros <Petros.Listig at fdrive.com.au>:

> Quoting "Andrew Bartlett" <abartlet at samba.org>
>> .. but at least for now samba-tool
>> is associated with operations that involve the AD DC, or other rarer
>> modes of operation that use the 'samba' binary, and is generally not
>> involved in operation of the standalone or domain member file server.
> This and the Wiki, is pretty much AD and particularly DC "centred".
> E.g. https://wiki.samba.org/index.php/Samba finds other usage under
> "5.2 Samba NT4-style domain documentation"
> Maybe a _very_ obvious_ starting point is needed:
> How do you want to setup your Sambas server?
> - As an AD DC? - goto http:..
> - As an AD member server? goto http:..
> - As a NT4 style PDC? goto http:..
> - As a NT4 style BDC? goto http:..
> - As a NT4 domain member? goto http:..
> - As a standalone server? goto http:..
> - As a server with authorization configured per share - goto fail
> Maybe it could be in the introduction of the mentioned page.
> Regards
> Peter

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