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Best Samba book for beginners out there?

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I would like to see something in print ratehr than looking up forum and reading off a screen all the time.

Some paper and Ink - call me old fashoned  !
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O'Reilly's "Using Samba" is kind of a classic on the subject.

You can get it on paper:

   http://www.amazon.com/Using-Samba-Print-Server-Linux/dp/0596007698/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1300656392&sr=8-1

or read it on-line:

   http://oreilly.com/catalog/samba/chapter/book/index.html

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Is that the entire book online?

If yes -  Why would they do that and miss out on book sales?
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Yes it is completely on-line and probably because it has been officially adopted by the Samba Team and is under the GNU Free Documentation License. The paper version is available for those who want "Some paper and Ink". :)

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Is that the latest version? Version 3 ?
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Current latest stable release of samba is 3.5.8, just a few weeks old:

   http://www.samba.org/

The books naturally tend to lag behind the frequent software releases but the basic principles are still the same. The current paper version available at Amazon seems to handle version 3.0. So for a beginner wanting to read it on paper today, I'd still recommend this paper version and then afterwards reading the on-line documentation if you'll be using a later version.



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The online version is very dated.
 http://oreilly.com/catalog/samba/chapter/book/index.html

Im using this version
samba-3.5.6-71.fc14.i686

Will buy the book.

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A bit more recent (covering version 3.0) of the on-line book seems to be available here:

   http://www.samba.org/samba/docs/using_samba/toc.html

That's probably the same as the paper version, but as you like to read it on paper, spending 30 bucks on it might be a good idea.

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Found a few Linux .pdfs on this:
http://www.filecrop.com/
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