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The editors wish to thank you for your decision to purchase this book. The Official Samba-3 HOWTO and Reference Guide is the result of many years of accumulation of information, feedback, tips, hints, and happy solutions.

Please note that this book is a living document, the contents of which are constantly being updated. We encourage you to contribute your tips, techniques, helpful hints, and your special insight into the Windows networking world to help make the next generation of this book even more valuable to Samba users.

We have made a concerted effort to document more comprehensively than has been done previously the information that may help you to better deploy Samba and to gain more contented network users.

This book provides example configurations, it documents key aspects of Microsoft Windows networking, provides in-depth insight into the important configuration of Samba-3, and helps to put all of these into a useful framework.

The most recent electronic versions of this document can be found at on the “Documentation” page.

Updates, patches and corrections are most welcome. Please email your contributions to any one of the following:

Jelmer Vernooij (
John H. Terpstra (
Gerald (Jerry) Carter (

We wish to advise that only original and unencumbered material can be published. Please do not submit content that is not your own work unless proof of consent from the copyright holder accompanies your submission.

Conventions Used

The following notation conventions are used throughout this book:

  • TOSHARG2 is used as an abbreviation for the book, “The Official Samba-3 HOWTO and Reference Guide, Second Edition” Editors: John H. Terpstra and Jelmer R. Vernooij, Publisher: Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0131882228.

  • S3bE2 is used as an abbreviation for the book, “Samba-3 by Example, Second Edition” Editors: John H. Terpstra, Publisher: Prentice Hall, ISBN: 013188221X.

  • Directories and filenames appear in mono-font. For example, /etc/pam.conf.

  • Executable names are bolded. For example, smbd.

  • Menu items and buttons appear in bold. For example, click Next.

  • Selecting a menu item is indicated as: StartControl PanelAdministrative ToolsActive Directory Users and Computers