I have used SMS/Samba for many years. Apple SMB doesn't seem to correctly support SMB version 1 which is used on some Fuji and Kyocera printers with Copy/Scan to Share options. Tried Apple Server version but could not get it to work with the printers. Installed Samba, disabled Apple Server SMB, configured with just a simple single share, no print options etc. and it has been stable and fully operational. That particular share is currently available to all users in the building. Works well and reliably. I have added a couple of extra lines into the Apple startup sequence at the UNIX level for the share creation which doesn't affect anything else. I can recommend this software as stable and good stuff. Apple is lazy and is dumbing down a lot of networking software such as NFS, SMB and obviously AppleTalk. Sad. NFS won't work with Debian Linux NFS servers (.dot file issues) and so on. Samba solves at least the SMB problems.
What is the use of this? OSX has the SMB protocol default built in.
I also would like to know what the use of this is. I'm using since years a (Linux) file server for my work that gets mounted via Apple's built-in SMB. What advantages would I have by switching to Samba?
If you're using Lion, then try SMBUp:http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/41541/smbup
Here is a decent guide to getting samba3 installed on OSX using MacPorts.http://forums.boxee.tv/showthread.php?t=38629
Sigh - I keep eyeing off these new releases and, despite the comment by Yappa a couple years ago, I *still* can't figure out how to install this. The amount of documentation associated with this Samba package is positively daunting and it clearly implies a high degree of unix command line geekery. Take a read of all of the reviews and comments posted here (which go back to 2004) - NOT ONE comment is by anybody who has successfully installed this on a Mac, and that in itself makes a sobering statement. If anybody out there has installed this I would greatly appreciate your feedback and, more importantly, any helpful instructions. Does an installation script exist?
The 3.5.10 cannot be complied on Mac OS X 10.7 Lion with the latest Xcode. I think this package should be removed from the Macupdate forever because it is no longer work anyway. Just make user to confuse it is a Mac package but actually it does no longer work.
Unlike the wonderful X11 project, this project does not have any prebuilt OS X installer. I went to the Samba website and there's no way your average (heck, even above average) Mac user will be able to get this up and running. Shame, I need to access stuff at work via Samba all the time and I definitely notice issues that presumably a better version would fix.
Use MacPorts and Porticus to install this relatively easily; (search MacUpdate for those), and the experience will make you even more 'less average'.
Can somebody please comment on how well this integrates with OS X (and Leopard in particular). This is software is not provided as a Mac binary but as a wad of source code. I have to use Samba at work, and there are several issues with either the Mac's shipping version of Samba or the way Samba works at my employer's site. I'm guessing the problem is on the Mac's side... On the Samba website, they have binaries for just about all platforms except for the Mac :-(.
If only Apple would update their shipped almost two years old version of Samba (3.0.10). Has anyone succeeded in updating Samba on Mac OS X SERVER from source without breaking OpenDirectory integration?
A bit off topic, but does anyone know if Tiger (10.4) has version 3.x of Samba installed? If so, is this helping with MS AD integration (meaning can I do without ADmitMac)?
Tiger comes with version 3.1.10
From terminal type: smbclient -V
to see what you have installed.
FYI, I have had nothing but trouble connecting to the one Windows XP machine on my LAN. Gonna try 3.1.14a and see if that helps at all.
Tiger ships with 3.0.10, not 3.1.10 .
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