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Samba 4.0 released by the Samba Team

Got some news this morning that made me whoop for joy…literally. Samba released version 4.0 and that is a major release. Why…one may ask. That is because, it is the First Free Software Active Directory Compatible Server. As the Samba Team put it:

As the culmination of ten years’ work, the Samba Team has created the first compatible Free Software implementation of Microsoft’s Active Directory protocols. Familiar to all network administrators, the Active Directory protocols are the heart of modern directory service implementations. Samba 4.0 comprises an LDAP directory server, Heimdal Kerberos authentication server, a secure Dynamic DNS server, and implementations of all necessary remote procedure calls for Active Directory. Samba 4.0 provides everything needed to serve as an Active Directory Compatible Domain Controller for all versions of Microsoft Windows clients currently supported by Microsoft, including the recently released Windows 8. The Samba 4.0 Active Directory Compatible Server provides support for features such as Group Policy, Roaming Profiles, Windows Administration tools and integrates with Microsoft Exchange and Free Software compatible services such as OpenChange. The Samba 4.0 Active Directory Compatible Server can also be joined to an existing Microsoft Active Directory domain, and Microsoft Active Directory Domain Controllers can be joined to a Samba 4.0 Active Directory Compatible Server, showing true peer-to-peer interoperability of the Microsoft and Samba implementations of the Active Directory protocols.

What this means is that organizations have the option of replacing one or more Microsoft Active Directory servers. With the robust reputation of Linux, which is a free, open-source solution, organisations can save money.

But as usual, Microsoft ain’t too happy with that but then again, the Samba 4.0 Active Directory Compatible Server was created with help from the official protocol documentation published by Microsoft Corporation. The Samba Team said they would like to “acknowledge the documentation help and interoperability testing by Microsoft engineers that made our implementation interoperable”

Sky is the limit folks. This was just announced on the 11th of December 2012, which was yesterday. Let us see how the world take it. Me? I am stoked! To say the least!

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