Why SAMBA+

Why customers choose SAMBA+

SAMBA+ subscriptions are available for one, two and three years.

    • SAMBA+ packages originate from one source package and are subject to the same quality assurance.By this "one source policy" SAMBA+ behaves almost identical across different platforms. This is why SAMBA+ is a lot easier to deploy, configure and maintain. Other Samba packages shipped directly with Debian, RHEL or others deviate in age the most, but also in feature sets and interoperability.

    • SAMBA+ is always the newest Samba for Enterprise Linux. A week after Samba.TEAM releases a new version of Samba, SerNet publishes SAMBA+ for all respective platforms: Debian, Ubuntu, RHEL, CentOS, SLES, openSUSE, Leap. All sources under maintenance at Samba.TEAM are also available as SAMBA+ packages for current Linux versions, even older versions no longer supported by their distribution.

    • SAMBA+ introduces an AD domain controller to RHEL and SLES. Samba packages provided by Red Hat do not support a domain controller setup in RHEL. The same applies to SLES, which can be enabled to be an AD domain controller with SAMBA+.

    • SAMBA+ supports most recent Active Directory features in mixed environments. Active Directory is the most important authentication and identity management system in Windows networks. Other directory services based on LDAP are supported as well and Red Hat's SSSD or FreeIPA.

    • SAMBA+ servers can work as a cluster. Support for GlusterFS and GPFS support is built in. GlusterFS is an OpenSource scale-out network-attached storage file system, and GPFS is IBM's proprietary clustered file system.

    • SAMBA+ is compiled from source with respect to stability and performance. Over 20 years of experience with Samba makes SerNet the most experienced Samba company world wide. SAMBA+ is the right choice for an SMB stack in productive environments.

    • SAMBA+ provides security fixed packages by the same day. When Samba.TEAM provides security patches, Linux distros usually provide new packages within a few days. SAMBA+ packages are updated the same day when security flaws become public, eg. Badlock or SambaCry.

    • SAMBA+ can easily be used to update older Enterprise Samba packages. Of course we recommend to use "testparm" to get aware of changed configuration options.

Appliance vendors and cloud service providers may also consider to integrate SAMBA+ into their products and services. Read about good reasons to do so on our web page "SAMBA+ OEM".