Samba is an Open Source/Free Software suite that provides seamless file and print services to CiFS [1] clients.

It can completely replace whatever CiFS server, as well as authentication services. It can be member or server of so-called «NT Domains» or «Active Directories».

It features tons of optimization and customization options and tools, as well as a web interface to configure and consult documentation, named SWAT [2].

It is known as performing faster than the original Microsoft implementation.

[1] also known as SMB

[2] Samba Web Administration Tool

This article was first written in October 2003 for
the BeezNest technical website (
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