Samba servers frequently manage files in a way that requires user authentication and tracking. For instance, one person may store a sensitive data file on a Samba server. If another individual tries to access that file, that second user should be prevented from doing so. At the core of this functionality is the concept of an account—a set of data structures that help a computer identify one user or another, distinguish between each user, and separate users’ data. As a multiuser OS, Unix is no stranger to the concept of an account, but Samba’s use of accounts requires some adjustments to the usual Unix way of doing things. Some of these adaptations are a result of SMB/CIFS integration, but others are a consequence of Samba’s extreme configurability; the Samba server offers features that interact with Unix accounts in unusual ways, independent of the SMB/CIFS protocols.
KeywordsGlobal Parameter User Parameter Ordinary User Group Ownership Unix System
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