[Samba] Good Bye SAMBA?!?!?

Gilberto Nunes gilberto.nunes32 at gmail.com
Wed Sep 28 23:03:26 UTC 2016

I agreed!
On Sep 28, 2016 7:45 PM, "Klaus Hartnegg via samba" <samba at lists.samba.org>

> On 28.09.2016 at 01:31 Gilberto Nunes wrote:
>> I am working harding for weeks to make things work properly to implement
>> samba and glusterfs and ZFS , to deploy storage sincronization between two
>> servers.
>> Today I just install Windows 2012 R2 and play around with DFS  and see how
>> so deadly simple!!!!
>> And I wonder: why Linux or samba or both do not have similar tools to make
>> things less painful....
> This comment was clearly not a rant that samba has no GUI, as some have
> written here. It is a complaint that important functionality is either
> missing or does not work, and requires tedious workarounds.
> This misunderstanding confirms my suspicion that most samba admins have no
> idea how easy and enormously useful DFS and DFS-R are (and that many may
> not want to keep using Samba it they would know).
> On Windows servers I provide ALL shares via domain-based DFS, and
> replicate all directories with DFS-R to a second server. This is all very
> easy to setup and works just great. If one server was down, it quickly
> catches up, fully automatic, and without recursing through all directories.
> I can switch the users to the replica server just by running a small script
> that adjusts DFS priorities. This is wonderful, because it allows me to
> upgrade servers when I want, not when it fits the users, because there is
> no downtime.
> But unfortunately some servers here are running Samba.
> Tell a Windows admin that Samba is still unable to replicate its own
> Sysvol directory, and they will laugh at you. The docs say that
> domain-based DFS works for some. What does that mean? Does it work or does
> it not work? And which docs should I read? Samba still hosts docs that are
> so outdated that they cause more confusion than they provide help. How many
> years did it take to fix that tiny backup script to always use tdbbackup?
> Is it really correct now? Does it still need to be pulled from the source
> tarball? For Windows 10 I need to go back to protocol version 1, which
> Microsoft is about to disable by default. Whoa?!! For AD I must manually
> give all users a numerical ID? And the tab where this must be done is now
> going away! Are you joking? This means that things are getting worse
> instead of better. I must even seriously doubt the future of the whole
> project when it keeps depending on things that Microsoft has deprecated
> long ago and is about to expire. I had hoped that samba would eventually
> catch up a bit, but it rather feels like the distance to Microsoft is
> growing.
> Sure, Samba does also have advantages, but it costs me way too much time.
> I need something that just works out of the box, and is not severly limited
> to the most basic functionality. Windows server eventually also needs
> scripts for things that should be included (like for example to tell
> whether DFS-R is currently in sync or not), but the level where this
> requirement starts is higher. And it is much easier to find the right
> commands and required options, because there is much better documentation.
> sorry to disappoint you
> Klaus
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