This year marks the 17th iteration of the international user and developer conference Samba eXPerience. The sambaXP 2018 will take place June 5-7 at the Hotel Freizeit In (Dransfelder Straße 3, 37079 Göttingen, Germany). The agenda is online now and filled with lots of different Samba topics, addressing basic usage scenarios as well as very-large-scale Samba. The full program is published at the conference website (sambaxp.org). sambaXP 2018 is organized by SerNet and sponsored by Google, Microsoft and RedHat.
sambaXP chairman Jeremy Allison will introduce "Samba and ChromeOS - the Start of a Beautiful Friendship" on Wednesday, June 6th. Kevin Kunkel (Indeed, Inc.) will give "Global Samba4 AD Domain Tips and Tricks" while David Disseldorp (SUSE) will "Release the Kraken: Samba and Ceph". Pieter Hollants (IT-Systemmanagement Pieter Hollants) deals with "Service Layering - Integrating Samba with existing DNS infrastructure" while Andreas Schneider (Red Hat) turns to "Unit testing and mocking in Samba development". Kai Blin will follow up on his 2017 "Samba, Quo vadis?" talk with "Let's Rust in Samba" and Amitay Isaacs (IBM Australia) will talk about "CTDB database vacuuming for geniuses!"
Stefan Metzmacher (SerNet) will kick off the second conference day with a "Trusts Status Update". Further talks on Thursday deal with e.g. "Patterns and anti-patterns in Samba development" (Andrew Bartlett, Catalyst IT) and "smbcmp: a handy network capture diff tool for SMB traffic" (Aurélien Aptel, SUSE). Alexander Bokovoy (Red Hat) asks how to improve Samba user experience with "Goodbye SWAT, welcome Cockpit?" and Martin Schwenke (IBM Australia) delves into "CTDB, you have changed!" Edgar Olougouna (Microsoft) will reflect on "Microsoft Windows Protocols – Active Support" and the decade-long cooperation between Microsoft and Samba. Finally Tom Talpey (Microsoft) will have a look into the state of the SMB3 protocol and ongoing development, in Windows products and related services, especially as they relate to Samba.
Conference tickets are still available at sambaxp.org and priced at 499 Euro.
Stefan Kania will give his traditional tutorial on Tuesday, June 5th. This year’s topic is "Securing a Samba-Fileserver inside an Active Directory“. The participation fee is 450 Euro. Free spots for the tutorial are in high demand – be sure to secure your ticket soon.
The 17th sambaXP is around the corner: June 5-7, 2018 marks the date of the go-to conference for Samba developers and users. There is still a chance to participate in the Call for Papers and to shape the program. Hosts of the 17th samba eXPerience are SerNet and the international Samba team, chairman is Jeremy Allison – one of the founding members of the Samba team. The event will take place at Hotel Freizeit In in Göttingen (Germany).
The "Call for Papers" section at sambaxp.org holds all information about conference topics and further details. Abstracts can be submitted until February 28, 2018. The program committee would love to see technical lectures as well as user reports. Members of the committee are
- Jens-Peter Akelbein, University of Darmstadt
- Jeremy Allison, Google
- Stefan Kania, author
- Sven Oehme, IBM
- Thomas Pfenning, Microsoft
- Karolin Seeger, SerNet
The conference language is English. Submissions in German or another language are welcome, too.
"Early Bird" tickets are also available until February 28 and are priced at 399 Euros for the two conference days. The regular ticket price is 499 Euros. A tutorial is also available for Tuesday, June 5th: Samba trainer and author Stefan Kania is offering "Securing a Samba Fileserver inside Active Directory" this year. The participation fee is 450 Euros.
"Samba authentication and authorization – Introduction to Active Directory Auth protocols and winbind as an AD member" was Volker Lendeckes contribution to FOSDEM 2018 (3 & 4 February 2018) in Brussels. Watch the video recording of the talk or get the slides. In addition, online magazine LWN.net posted a review of the talk.
Main goal was an overview about AD and Samba authentication, in particular communication pathways and trust relationships. Also Lendecke gave an introduction into winbind, the main component of Samba responsible for AD integration.
Volker Lendecke is co-founder of SerNet GmbH and member of the international Samba team.
The verinice.TEAM has released the ISMS tool verinice in version 1.15. Main changes are the integration of the Modernized IT Baseline Protection issued by the German BSI (Federal Office for Information Security) and support of the EU GDPR. Publisher SerNet provides verinice and verinice.PRO for download in the verinice.SHOP or in the customer repository. The release also includes enhancements in various areas such as search and indexing, report query, and the web frontend.
EU GDPR and Data Privacy Module
verinice 1.15 and the enhanced Data Privacy Module enable working with the EU GDPR. The extended Module will be available for download in the verinice.SHOP or in the update repository soon: In addition to the mapping of the dircetory of processings, it also supports the required documentation for contract data processing. Until the deadline in May, additional extensions for the Modul are planned. They include risk management for data privacy and the data privacy impact assessment.
Implement Modernized IT Baseline Protection
verinice 1.15 is the first version that implements the Modernized IT Baseline Protection according to the new BSI standards 200-1, 200-2 and 200-3.
More updates for verinice are on the horizon this year. These are intended to integrate the still missing content from the BSI. verinice Product Owner Michael Flürenbrock: "Users should be able to work with the latest version of the new Baseline Protection in verinice in a timely manner." In particular, risk management and the migration from the previous IT Baseline Protection Catalog to the IT Baseline Protection Compendium are among the expected BSI updates.
verinice users will receive the new versions as part of their ongoing subscriptions.
KIX connection in cooperation with c.a.p.e. IT
In verinice 1.15 the REST interface was expanded. The verinice.TEAM is working closely with Chemnitz (Germany) based c.a.p.e IT, manufacturer of the OTRS-based ticket system KIX. Thus, after Greenbone / OpenVAS now another IT service management (ITSM) tool is directly linked to verinice.
verinice.XP - the conference - in March - in Berlin
The verinice.XP from 21 to 23 March 2018 evolves around verinice. All users of the ISMS tool are invited to Berlin In addition to lectures on innovations such as the Modernized IT Baseline Protection and data privacy in verinice, participants can also expect reports from daily practice, e.g. for use at Berlin Brandenburg Airport, Europ Assistance or for industries such as finance and insurance, water companies and hosters. Tickets and more information at verinicexp.org.
SerNet is part of the Storage Developer Conference (SDC) as Silver Sponsor. The SDC, hosted by SNIA, will take place from September 11 - 14 in Santa Clara (California, USA). In addition to the Samba developer team, SerNet is also present with its sales team and information about SAMBA+.
Ralph Böhme and Stefan Metzmacher, members of the international Samba team and Samba developers at SerNet, also contribute to the SDC program. Stefan Metzmacher will be speaking on "Windows Authentication With Multiple Domains and Forests" on Wednesday, September 13, from 1:00 pm to 1:50 pm local time in room Lafayette / San Tomas. The talk provides an overview of the authentication protocols used in Samba (Kerberos, NTLMSSP and Netlogon Secure Channel). As well as their limitations, different trust levels, and the status of Samba as AD DC regarding trust.
"Understanding and Improving Samba Fileserver Performance" is the lecture by Ralph Böhme. Also on Wednesday, September 13, he will talk about the work that was put into the optimization of the file server performance of Samba last year from 2:00 pm to 2:50 pm (local time) in room Lafayette / San Tomas.