How ownCloud and SerNet worked together to improve the SMB protocol, is described in a new blog post from ownCloud. Read about it in the article "Windows Network Drive integration benefits from Samba contributions".
The text emphasizes, how Open Source Collaboration can prove to be an important and stimulatory factor for projects. In this case, ownCloud engineers worked together with longtime Samba expert Volker Lendecke at SerNet. This resulted in notifications for smb-client implemented in the SMB2 and SMB3 protocol, subsequently boosting performance and bringing more reliability to the windows network drive integration. So – to quote ownCloud: "the professionals at SerNet have your back".
In light of last week's sambaXP, SerNet announced two novelties to its Samba portfolio: SAMBA+ LTS and SAMBA+ support budgets. While SAMBA+ LTS prolongs security updates for SAMBA+ packages, support budgets grant easy access to professional Samba services.
SAMBA+ Long Term Support (LTS) packages provide the well-known SAMBA+ packages, but with 36 month security updates instead of 18. This extends the lifecycle significantly and leads to reduced costs, especially for OEMs.
SerNet will provide the security updates pretty soon after the upstream Samba releases to ensure that systems are protected against the known defects as soon as possible. We will start with SAMBA+ 4.3, 4.4 and 4.5. SAMBA+LTS is already available in the SAMBA+ shop.
SAMBA+ support budgets
To make services even more accessible, SerNet is adding support budgets to its regular support contracts with Service Level Agreements. Support budgets can be purchased directly from the SAMBA+ shop and are ready for immediate redemption. This guarantees customers even faster access to the know-how of our experienced SAMBA+ team. In short: You buy the support budget, we start working on your requests.
The support budget not only covers services around SAMBA+ but rather requests regarding overall CIFS/SMB (Samba, Microsoft Windows), AFP/Netatalk, Linux (Debian, Ubuntu, RHEL, Fedora, SLES, Leap), Unix (AIX, Solaris, HP-UX), Directory Services (Active Directory, LDAP), Printing (CUPS), Infrastructure
(DNS, DHCP, SSL). Another advantage: Within the SAMBA+ support budget, the billing rate is identical for all types of services.
A SAMBA+ support budget includes 10 service hours, invoiced in time units of at least 15 minutes. Once purchased, budgets can be redeemed for 24 months. A total of 4 budgets can be purchased at once and used for a project of up to 40 hours. More details on our SAMBA+ Support page or directly in the SAMBA+ shop.
SerNet colleague Björn Baumbach has been appointed as official member of the Samba Core Team. The independent team consists of 40 people from all over the world who contribute regularly to Samba and have direct write access to the repository.
Baumbach recently contributed to the extensions of the "samba-tool" command. In addition, he has been supporting the Core Team for several years maintaining the server infrastructure, actively participates in discussions on the further development of Samba and contributes bugfixes. As a trained application developer Björn Baumbach joined SerNet 8 years ago. He works in the IT Security department as well as in
SerNet's own SAMBA+ team.
Six SerNet employees are now members of the Samba Core Team. Besides Baumbach these are Karolin Seeger, Ralph Böhme, Björn Jacke, Volker Lendecke and Stefan Metzmacher.
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.