NetHosting is pleased to announce its partnership with as their dedicated hosting provider. Samba is a free softwareSMB/CIFSnetworking protocol, originally developed by Australian Andrew Tridgell.   They are the Tech geniouses behind the windows file protocol for non-windows based platforms such as Linux, Solaris, AIX and the BSD variants, including Apple’s Mac OS X Server.  Samba is the standard Windows interoperability suite of programs for Linux and Unix.   L As of version 3, Samba provides file and print servicesMicrosoft Windowsclients and can integrate with a Windows Server domain, either as a Primary Domain Controller (PDC) or as a domain member. It can also be part of an Active Directory domain.  Check out re-implementation of for various

Since 1992, Samba has provided secure, stable and fast file and print services for all clients using the SMB/CIFS protocol, such as all versions of DOS and Windows, OS/2, Linux and many others.  Samba is an important component to seamlessly integrate Linux/Unix Servers and Desktops into Active Directory environments using the winbind daemon.   Samba reverse engineered the protocol, and not only built a client, but a server version as well, so you can join in the “Windows File sharing” fun.

Samba runs on most Unix and Unix-like systems, such as Linux, Solaris, AIX and the BSD variants, including Apple’s Mac OS X Server (which was added to the Mac OS X client in version 10.2). Samba is standard on nearly all distributions of Linux and is commonly included as a basic system service on other Unix-based operating systems as well. Samba is released under the GNU General Public License. The name Samba comes from SMB (Server Message Block), the name of the standard protocol used by the Microsoft Windows network file system.

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