KLUG Weekly Meeting Notes

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

 

NIFTY SAMBA TECHNIQUES AND HACKERY

By Adam Williams

The link to Adam’s presentation slides:

ftp://www.kalamazoolinux.org/pub/pdf/SambaHackery.pdf

Samba is a software package that gives network administrators
flexibility and freedom in terms of setup, configuration, and
choice of systems and equipment. Because of all that it offers,
Samba has grown in popularity, and continues to do so, every
year since its release in 1992. Multiple platform open source
networking software.
http://www.samba.org

This was not a beginner’s presentation about Samba. If you
are responsible for the configuration and support of a business’
computer network (and are running Samba networking) this
was the information that you have been missing and needing.
Adam revealed some cool tweaks that make support tolerable.
Multiple platforms, security issues, and the ever pesky "loose
nut behind the keyboard" are handled with keen forethought.

Access Control Lists (ACL) are used to give a user access
rights to a given object when using the network. Find out
more about what ACL is and how it works here:
http://www.cs.cornell.edu/courses/cs513/2004sp/L07.html

Microsoft NT ACL support and configuration with Open Source
Samba networking software. Here is a list of the tweaks that
were explained. You can see more detail in the slides. These
settings made network functionality a whole lot better. These
were additions to the default configuration settings found in

the file: samba.conf

map acl inherit = yes
store dos attributes = yes
hide dot files = yes
veto files = /*.exe /*.EXE /*.pif /*.PIF /*.com /*.COM
delete veto files = yes
delete readonly = yes

Adam explained the configuration of the network trash cans and
why this method worked so well, eliminating the frustration of lost
data and support calls. He showed us how print services could
produce .pdf files that are e-mailed to the user directly instead

of being printed on network printers. Adam revealed how the virus
and many security issues are addressed at the network admin level.
Management of the user shares and desktop configuration was also
addressed.

(12 Linux Enthusiasts Attending)

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