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sambaXP 2018: Submit your paper now!

Welcome to sambaXP!

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.

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Volker Lendecke @ FOSDEM 18: Watch talk about "Samba authentication and authorization"

"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

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SerNet sponsors SDC 2017

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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.


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sambaXP 2017 - schedule is public

sambaXP 2017 is the 16th event of the yearly Samba show and a nice anniversary if written in hex: 0x10 :-) The schedule is fully packed with talks from the international samba team, from customers with user experience reports and vendors that integrate Samba into their products.

The complete schedule has been published on http://sambaXP.org. Registration is open for the conference on Wednesday and Thursday and an optional Tutorial with Stefan Kania on Tuesday to refresh your Samba skills.

This year's conference again is about the progress and future roadmap of Samba - but also the time to look back on the existing code: After a first analysis Samba is not vulnerable regarding the Shadow Broker attacks - but even besides this annoying facts there are bugs and other challenges in Samba to report about.

The organisers at SerNet love to report that Google, Microsoft and Red Hat again appear as partners and sponsors of sambaXP. With their support all Samba team members can attend the show for free and students and other younger folks can be given cost reducing grants.

This conference is dedicated to Lars Müller, who died in 2016 after long illness. He was a long term Samba Team member, a good friend of many people at SerNet and a diligent sambaXP participant.

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SAMBA+ with GlusterFS support

After releasing new packages für SAMBA+ 4.5.3, 4.4.8 and 4.3.13 SerNet's Samba team added a new package to SAMBA+, enabling users to configure and run a GlusterFS based cluster with SAMBA+.

GlusterFS is an OpenSource scale-out network-attached storage file system, initiated in 2005 by Z Research and acquired by Red Hat in 2011. The GlusterFS packages for SAMBA+ are available for SAMBA+ Linux platforms like CentOS, Debian and others - but not SUSE Linux.

These packages are included in a SAMBA+ subscription which can be purchased at the SAMBA+ Shop, detailed information and prices are listed there. The subscriptions bought at the SAMBA+ shop are managed at our platform OPOSSO. Users can activate their subscriptions here and manage access credentials.

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