Samba is a suite of Unix applications that speak the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol, enabling a Linux server to communicate in a heterogeneous network with servers and users running Microsoft Windows products. Samba is a vital component to smoothly merge Linux/Unix Servers and Desktops into Active Directory environments. Samba is a software package that provides network administrators flexibility and freedom in terms of setup, configuration, and equipment. Since the release of Samba in 1992, it has grown in popularity, and it continues to do so every year.
The LifeKeeper for Linux Samba Recovery Kit contains fault resilient protection for Samba data file and printouts on a Linux server existing in a heterogeneous network. This Recovery kit enables a failure on the primary Samba server to recover on a designated backup server without significant loss of time or human intervention.
Samba Recovery Kit services
The Samba Recovery Kit enables LifeKeeper to protect Samba data files and printouts on a Linux server. While Samba supports other services such as client authentication, Network Neighbourhood browsing assistance, and WINS name server resolution, these releases of LifeKeeper does not protect such additional services. These other Samba services may coexist on a LifeKeeper server running as an unprotected instance of Samba as far as they stick to the rules specified in the section running multiple instances of Samba.
The Samba Recovery Kit supports a mechanism to recover the protected Samba file and printouts from a failed primary server onto a backup server. LifeKeeper can detect failures either at the server level or resource level so that control of the Samba resources can deliver to a backup server. There are several numbers of Samba configuration considerations that need to be made before making an attempt to create LifeKeeper for Linux Samba resource hierarchies. Samba services on a Linux server can provide by two daemon processes, smbd, and nmbd.
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