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Samba provides a complete replacement for Windows NT, Warp, NFS, or netware servers. Most common uses include:

  • SMB server, to provide Windows NT and LAN Manager-style file and print services to SMB clients such as Windows 95, Warp Server, smbfs and others.
  • NetBIOS (rfc1001/1002) nameserver, which amongst other things gives browsing support. Samba can be the master browser on your LAN if you wish.
  • ftp-like SMB client so you can access PC resources (disks and printers) from unix, Netware and other operating systems
  • tar extension to the client for backing up PCs
  • limited command-line tool that supports some of the NT administrative functionality, which can be used on Samba, NT workstation and NT server.


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Download version 3.0.25c (stable)
released on 20 August 2007

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LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
GPLv3orlaterJanet Casey30 January 2001

Leaders and contributors

Andrew Tridgell Maintainer

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
Support Newsgroup comp.protocols.smb
Developer VCS Repository Webview
Help E-mail
Bug Tracking E-mail
Developer E-mail

Software prerequisites

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 28 August 2007.


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