[Samba] Good Bye SAMBA?!?!?

Steve Litt slitt at troubleshooters.com
Wed Sep 28 02:01:07 UTC 2016

On Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:02:15 -0300
Gilberto Nunes via samba <samba at lists.samba.org> wrote:

> Hi list
> I am sad, today! I start to study how windows deal with CIFS, Active
> Directory and DFS, I just decide follow the other path!
> I will give a try to windows tools....
> The question is: why Linux doesn t have such tools to help and improve
> server deployments?!?
> Everything will be easier than go to linux console and try and try
> and try and nothing happen!
> So, for now on, I will use Windows tool in my servers...
> I know many of you guys, just love Linux... I also love Linux, but
> came on! We have a hard way to do thing works properly...
> In Windows everything is just forward straight ahead.....
> Sorry! But it's time to shift!

Better late than never.

I'm glad to see you've come to the realization that Samba is just a
console based rodent wheel and that Windows offers the professional
CIFS_AD_DFS solution.

Why would ANYBODY type a command when they could perform a bunch of
mouse clicks. Better yet, you can automate Windows tools with a screen
scraper and a keyboard injector, or with a top notch language like
Powershell or Visual Basic.

These Samba guys just want to install servers that never go down, but
that's lazy thinking. Your server going down gives you the opportunity
to do maintenance and updates. A server going down is like a circuit
breaker: It's telling you something needs attention. These Samba
servers don't have that: You could go years without knowing something's
wrong if you don't look at your logs.

Truth be told, it's been awhile since I gave Windows CIFS_AD_DFS a real
workout. Have they implemented CIFS_AD_DFS config via registry yet?
That's so much better than having your whole CIFS_AD_DFS configuration
in that one silly flatfile smb.conf.

I congratulate you on not blindly following the crowd to Samba, but
instead incisively selecting Windows for your CIFS_AD_DFS server!


Steve Litt 
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