Implementing Samba (3 day)

How to integrate your Unix/Linux systems with your Microsoft network using Samba

• 3 days • £2195/$2795 • world-wide

You will learn:

  • Install and build Samba
  • Configure Samba
  • Create and manage shares
  • Create and manage printers
  • Understand and implement Samba security and authentication options
  • Implement domain security
  • Manage users and groups
  • Understand how to create, update and synchronise user and machine passwords
  • Implement name resolution
  • Use advanced Samba techniques


Course Benefits

Microsoft networking is widely used in corporate networks. It is used for sharing files, sharing printers, network logons, security and directory services. Commonly, Active Directory is used to provide an integrated network environment.

In addition, many organisations also utilise Unix and Linux systems. The challenge is how to integrate the two.

Samba is the primary tool for integrating Microsoft networks with Unix and Linux systems. Samba gives organisations a comprehensive set of highly configurable interoperability solutions.

Whilst setting up a network using Windows can seem deceptively easy, in reality SMB/CIFS networking is very complex. NT and Active Directory domains add to that complexity. Understanding these protocols and systems is essential when seeking to use them effectively and particularly when you wish to mix Microsoft networking across multiple operating systems.

This course explains in detail the principles of networking using CIFS/SMB. It also shows in detail how you can use Samba to implement Microsoft networking on Linux and Unix.


Who should attend?

This course is ideal for network administrators who are responsible for integrating Microsoft networking with Unix and Linux platforms.

A good knowledge of general networking concepts and TCP/IP in particular, is required.


Course Contents

Background to Samba

  • Windows Networking
  • NetBIOS
  • Server Message Block (SMB)
  • NetBIOS Names and UNCs
  • NetBIOS and the Transport Layer
  • NetBIOS over TCP/IP (NBT

Introduction to Samba

  • What is Samba?
  • File sharing and printer services
  • WINS server
  • Authentication models
  • Integration with Unix and Linux
  • Active directory and Samba

Installing Samba

  • Obtaining Samba
  • Building and Compiling Samba
  • Installing Samba
  • Testing the installation

Configuring Samba

  • The Samba daemons
  • Starting restarting & stopping
  • The smbcontrol command
  • The Samba net command
  • The Samba configuration file
  • Basic shares in smb.conf
  • The security parameter
  • Samba smb.conf variables
  • Viewing Samba's Status
  • Debugging Samba
  • Configuring Samba with SWAT
  • Installing SWAT

Configuring Samba Clients

  • Basic principles
  • Configuring TCP/IP
  • Advanced TCP/IP
  • Computer Name
  • Workgroup or Domain

File Sharing and Samba

  • Uses for file shares
  • Basic shares in smb.conf
  • Using shares
  • The [homes] share
  • Windows and Unix files
  • File filename options
  • Unix and Windows links
  • Locking and locking options
  • File attributes
  • Basic Unix file permissions
  • Controlling user access
  • Windows ACLs & POSIX ACLs
  • Virtual servers

Name Services & Browsing

  • NetBIOS Name Resolution
  • The hosts and lmhosts Files
  • Broadcasts
  • The Windows Internet Name Service (WINS)
  • Mode types
  • Raw CIFS/SMB over TCP/IP Name Resolution
  • The Domain Name System
  • DNS and Active Directory
  • Browsing
  • Master Browsers
  • Domain Master Browsers

Samba Printer Service

  • Samba Print Services
  • Unix Printing
  • The Samba [printers] Share
  • Printer Drivers
  • The PRINT$ Share

Samba Security Models

  • SMB/CIFS security
  • Users and Passwords
  • Encrypted passwords
  • Samba user security
  • The smbpasswd backend
  • Samba domain security
  • Samba ads security
  • Samba server security
  • Samba as an NT PDC

Samba and Active Directory

  • Joining Active Directory domains
  • Working with Active Directory

Samba & Identity Management

  • Mapping SIDs to UIDs
  • The tdbsam backend
  • LDAP and identity management
  • The ldapsam backend
  • The nisplus and mysql backends
  • Samba backup domain controllers
  • NSS and PAM
  • Winbind and IDMAP mappings


  • The Future of Samba
  • What is Samba4?
  • Building and using Samba4
  • IPv6 and Samba4


Samba Practical Work

Delegates will each have a Linux server running Samba. Windows servers will be available within the classroom.

Hands-On includes:

  • Installing and building Samba
  • Configuring Samba shares
  • Configuring a Samba Print server
  • Manage browsing in Samba
  • Create and manage an NT Domain using Samba
  • Set-up a Samba WINS server
  • Configuring Winbind


The Lecturers

All our trainers are practising network consultants with extensive experience with Samba networking on UNIX & Linux in large commercial environments. They are ideally suited to bring you the highest quality of training.



Our courses are available world-wide in our virtual classrooms accompanied by virtual labs. We also deliver on-site training and public training at venues around the world.

Please contact us if you are looking for training in your area.


  • Aberdeen, Scotland, UK
  • Basingstoke, England, UK
  • Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
  • Glasgow, Scotland, UK
  • Inverness, Scotland, UK
  • Leeds, England, UK
  • London, England, UK
  • Manchester, England, UK
  • Sheffield, England, UK
  • Europe - various locations
  • Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Malaysia - various locations
  • Boston, USA
  • San Francisco, USA
  • New York, USA
  • Washington DC, USA
  • USA - various locations