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sambaXP 2018 – sponsored by Google, Microsoft and RedHat – brought together the international Samba team again. People from all around the globe gathered in Goettingen and talked shop about current samba topics for several days. The annual success is an incentive for organiser SerNet to create another great SAMBA eXPerience in 2019. Therefore we are pleased to announce the date for sambaXP 2019 already: The conference will take place June 4-6, 2019 at Hotel Freizeit In in Goettingen.

The Call for Papers for sambaXP 2019 has started as well. Talks should be submitted until February 28, 2019. The program committee will decide shortly after that and notifications of acceptance will be send out until March 8, 2019. SerNet and the Samba team are looking forward to submissions about SAMBA and the broader challenges of data management. Technical talks, user reports and presentations about future projects are welcome. The conference language is English, although proposals (in English) for talks in other languages will be considered gladly. Paper registration and paper submission can be done online only via the registration form on https://sambaxp.org.

As for the sambaXP 2018: Slides and audio recordings are online now. All of them can be downloaded individually or as a package from the conference page https://sambaxp.org


SerNet releases SAMBA+ 4.8.3 packages. These packages are available for various SUSE and Red Hat platforms as well as for Debian GNU/Linux and Ubuntu.

The new 4.8.3 packages address a lot of issues, which are listed in the Samba release history.

These packages are included in a SAMBA+ subscription which can be purchased at the SAMBA+ Shop, detailed information and prices are listed there. The subscriptions are managed at our platform OPOSSO. Users can activate their subscriptions here and manage access credentials.


SerNet releases SAMBA+ 4.7.8 and a new set of the 4.8.2 packages. These packages are available for various SUSE and Red Hat platforms as well as for Debian GNU/Linux and Ubuntu.

The new 4.7.8 packages address a lot of issues, which are listed in the Samba release history.

Additionally the following issues are addressed by the new 4.7.8 and 4.8.2-11 packages:

  • Bug 11573 heimdal: lib/krb5: do not fail on /etc/krb5.conf parse errors
  • New samba-tool user setprimarygroup command
  • New samba-tool user getgroups command

These packages are included in a SAMBA+ subscription which can be purchased at the SAMBA+ Shop, detailed information and prices are listed there. The subscriptions are managed at our platform OPOSSO. Users can activate their subscriptions here and manage access credentials.


How ownCloud and SerNet worked together to improve the SMB protocol, is described in a new blog post from ownCloud. Read about it in the article "Windows Network Drive integration benefits from Samba contributions".

The text emphasizes, how Open Source Collaboration can prove to be an important and stimulatory factor for projects. In this case, ownCloud engineers worked together with longtime Samba expert Volker Lendecke at SerNet. This resulted in notifications for smb-client implemented in the SMB2 and SMB3 protocol, subsequently boosting performance and bringing more reliability to the windows network drive integration. So – to quote ownCloud: "the professionals at SerNet have your back".


In light of last week's sambaXP, SerNet announced two novelties to its Samba portfolio: SAMBA+ LTS and SAMBA+ support budgets. While SAMBA+ LTS prolongs security updates for SAMBA+ packages, support budgets grant easy access to professional Samba services.

SAMBA+ LTS

SAMBA+ Long Term Support (LTS) packages provide the well-known SAMBA+ packages, but with 36 month security updates instead of 18. This extends the lifecycle significantly and leads to reduced costs, especially for OEMs.

SerNet will provide the security updates pretty soon after the upstream Samba releases to ensure that systems are protected against the known defects as soon as possible. We will start with SAMBA+ 4.3, 4.4 and 4.5. SAMBA+LTS is already available in the SAMBA+ shop.

SAMBA+  support budgets

To make services even more accessible, SerNet is adding support budgets to its regular support contracts with Service Level Agreements. Support budgets can be purchased directly from the SAMBA+ shop and are ready for immediate redemption. This guarantees customers even faster access to the know-how of our experienced SAMBA+ team. In short: You buy the support budget, we start working on your requests. The support budget not only covers services around SAMBA+ but rather requests regarding overall CIFS/SMB (Samba, Microsoft Windows), AFP/Netatalk, Linux (Debian, Ubuntu, RHEL, Fedora, SLES, Leap), Unix (AIX, Solaris, HP-UX), Directory Services (Active Directory, LDAP), Printing (CUPS), Infrastructure
(DNS, DHCP, SSL). Another advantage: Within the SAMBA+ support budget, the billing rate is identical for all types of services.

A SAMBA+ support budget includes 10 service hours, invoiced in time units of at least 15 minutes. Once purchased, budgets can be redeemed for 24 months. A total of 4 budgets can be purchased at once and used for a project of up to 40 hours. More details on our SAMBA+ Support page or directly in the SAMBA+ shop.


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