Samba Unleashed is your soup-to-nuts, 1200-page guide to deploying Samba, from planning through pilot projects through enterprise applications. This isn't just a hobbyist's guide: it's exhaustive real-world help that goes far beyond any other Samba book we've ever seen.
For example, instead of just assuming that Samba will solve all your problems right out of the box (oh, yeah, no box well, then, right off the Web), Steve Litt walks you through creating and testing a turnkey Samba "proof of concept" system. There's a chapter which gathers together all the information you need to really, really master access and privileges. There are individual chapters on the unique issues associated with each current Windows client: Win98 (timing and browse list problems); Windows NT 4 (remote authentication issues), and Windows 2000 clients (don't try using Active Directory Users and Computers to administer a Samba domain it won't work).
You'll find exceptionally detailed coverage of custom-built shares and Samba troubleshooting; web-based administration; server-side automation wherein a Samba client can trigger a UNIX process; Samba as an NT primary domain controller; as well as Samba on Solaris or BSD. There's a full chapter on password synchronization across UNIX and Windows (lots of careful planning is required, but it can be done). There's even a step-by-step guide to running Microsoft Office from a Samba share.
In its realism, depth, and clarity, Samba Unleashed is head-and-shoulders aboveitscompetitors. If your job depends on how well you deploy Samba, you need this book now.