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Call for Papers for sambaXP 2015: SAMBA 4.2, the universe and everything

From May 19. to May 21. 2015 SerNet GmbH and the international SAMBA team are hosting the SAMBA eXPerience in Goettingen at the Hotel Freizeit In. The conference in its 14th edition is again a meeting place for developers and users from around all the world. The "Call for Papers" as well as the sale of the "Early Bird" tickets starts now.

The "sambaXP" is the world's only conference that focuses exclusively on SAMBA. It is therefore an important opportunity for SAMBA users and developers to discuss all SAMBA topics and meet the Core SAMBA team.

With the upcoming release of SAMBA 4.2 (early 2015) sambaXP provides a platform to for a lot of topics: The current status of SMB3 implementation, cloud challenges and the latest developments in OpenStack esp. regarding authentication. Like every year Data Management as well as clustering and performance optimization remain the key buzzwords that keep the SAMBA universe busy and are topics for talks we would like to hear at the conference. Also interoperability with AFP file servers, and compatibility with Apple SMB clients are candidates for the agenda. A look at SAMBA 4.3 is promised by the SAMBA team.

Detailed information on the conferences topics is listed in the Call for Papers section on Abstracts can be submitted here as well. We are looking for both sides: technical presentations and user reports. The conference language is English; submissions in German are welcome nonetheless.
The "Call for Papers" runs until February 28th.

Until then, early bird tickets for the two-day conference including BarCamp are available at a reduced rate of 299 Euros. Traditionally, the sambaXP starts on Tuesday, May 19th with tutorials. The tutorial "SAMBA 4 and CTDB" is already available, another tutorial organized by Microsoft can be booked by mid January.

Chairman of the SambaXP 2015 is again John Terpstra. He is a founding member of the SAMBA team and an acclaimed technical writer. The sambaXP 2015 is sponsored by Google, IBM and Microsoft.

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Season's greetings and donations

Dear customers, partners, suppliers, dear friends,

we wish you all a healthy and happy new year 2015! Like every time through the course of the last 18 years we did not send Christmas cards or presents and we hope that you like us giving donations instead to people and organizations that deserve it.

In 2014 we spent a little more than EUR 14,300 to support 5 institutions. We do not name them to the public and we do not show big checks in front of the press. Charity for marketing purposes is indecent, if you ask us.

I wish to express my gratefulness to everybody who did something for our success. I will do my very best to get this continued during the next year.

Göttingen and Berlin, Dec 30th 2014 - yours sincerely - Johannes Loxen


EnterpriseSAMBA packages version 4.1.14 available

SerNets EnterpriseSAMBA 4.1.14 has just been released. Packages for various SUSE and RedHat platforms as well as for Debian GNU/Linux and Ubuntu are available:

These packages address a lot of issues, which are listed in the changelog. To access the packages, a registration at the EnterpriseSAMBA Portal is necessary.

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verinice 1.9 available

verinice 1.9 is available for download. The open source tool for the management of information security (ISMS) now integrates the updated VDA 2.0 questionnaire. In addition, the verinice team at Göttingen based SerNet GmbH made creating reports, managing users, groups, and permissions a lot easier.

"The catalog of the Association of the Automotive Industry (German VDA) for an Information Security Assessment (ISA), is included since verinice 1.2 and proved to be very popular," says verinice team lead Alexander Koderman. The VDA catalog has now been completely revised and adjusted to the new requirements of ISO 27001: 2013. As VDA ISA Standard 2.0 it is implemented in verinice 1.9. All changes were made in close cooperation with the working group of the VDA. Koderman: "When it comes to the conformity of the standard in verinice to the questionnaire, we can guarantee 100% accuracy."

"The catalog is also of interest outside the automotive industry," notes Koderman. The term 'Auto' is not mentioned once, he says with a wink. "Instead, the catalog grants easy access to information security management, even for beginners." Especially for smaller companies who don't want to work with ISO 27001 or basic protection, this is attractive. "At it-sa 2014 in September we again experienced how high the demand for such opportunities actually is."  So he's confident that the ISA standard VDA 2.0 in verinice will adress a wide audience.

Another bonus: If you have worked with the previous version, you can import the results into the ISA standard VDA 2.0. Koderman: "It was important to us that existing users may experience as little effort as possible for the update and the re-evaluation." Thanks to the so-called 'unify function' users do not have to start from scratch.

The innovations in the server extension verinice.PRO include a completely new user and group management. Likewise, the dialog for assigning access rights to objects (read and write) has been simplified. "In terms of user-friendliness we again took a big a step forward," says Koderman. Working with verinice daily or getting started will be much easier.

The central report repository makes vDesigner generated reports available for all users of verinice.PRO. Even in offline mode, the reports are accessible. In addition, reports can be stored local - e.g. for confidential evaluations. Output formats (DOC, XLS, PDF ...) can be arbitrarily set - in addition can now be individually stored on company policy templates customized server-wide default.

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EnterpriseSAMBA 4.1.13 available

The SAMBA team at SerNet published the new EnterpriseSAMBA packages version 4.1.13. They are available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and CentOS 7 as well.

These packages address a lot of issues, which are listet here. Please note that you have to register at the EnterpriseSAMBA Portal in order to access the packages.

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