Samba 4.0 RC6 Improves Active Directory Domain Interactions

This latest beta introduces quite a few bugfixes and new features

By Silviu Stahie on December 5th, 2012 15:10 GMT

Samba, an app that seamlessly integrates Linux/Unix servers and desktops into Active Directory environments using the winbind daemon, is now at version 4.0 RC6.

The sixth iteration of the release candidate in the 4.x branch contains all of Samba's technology parts, both a file server, which can be upgraded from existing Samba 3.x releases, and the AD domain controller previously known as “samba4.”

Users have to know that it is possible to upgrade from Samba 3.x to Samba 4.x and they must use “samba-tool domain classicupgrade” command.

This newest version of Samba brings a significant number of improvements to the Access Control List (ACL) code, especially for the Active Directory Domain Controller, but also in our general purpose file server.

Highlights of Samba 4.0 RC6:

• The server-side of the Active Directory logon environment used by Windows 2000 and later is now supported;
• The automatic inheritance of ACLs is also correctly recalculated;
• A missing newline in the output of ldb_ldif_write_trace() has been repaired;
• Segfaults in "log level = 10" on Solaris have been repaired;
• The MD5 detection in the autoconf build has been fixed;
• Leaking sockets of SMB connections to a DC have been fixed;
• A smb2.acls torture test is now allowed to pass against smbd, with a POSIX ACLs backend;
• A new scripting interface has been added to Samba 4, allowing Python programs to interface to Samba's internals;
• Samba 4.0.0rc5 ships with two distinct file servers. The file server from the Samba 3.x series “smbd” is now used for all file servings, by default.

Check out the official announcement for a detailed description of the update process and various other changes in the software.

Download Samba 4.0 RC6 right now from Softpedia. Remember that this is a development version and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended for testing purposes only.
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