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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.


SerNet releases SAMBA+ 4.8.2 and a new set of the 4.7.7 packages. These packages are available for various SUSE and Red Hat platforms as well as for Debian GNU/Linux and Ubuntu.

The new 4.8.2 packages address a lot of issues, which are listed in the Samba release history.

Additionally the following issues are addressed:

  • Bug 13427 broken server side GENSEC_FEATURE_LDAP_STYLE handling (NTLMSSP NTLM2 packet check failed due to invalid signature!)
  • Bug 13362 Possible memory leak in the Samba process
  • samba-tool: Fix wrong default computer container dn for new computer

The new 4.7.7-16 packages address the following issues:

  • Bug 13427 broken server side GENSEC_FEATURE_LDAP_STYLE handling (NTLMSSP NTLM2 packet check failed due to invalid signature!)
  • Bug 13362 Possible memory leak in the Samba process
  • Bug 13395 printing: Return the same error code as windows does on upload failures.
  • samba-tool: Fix wrong default computer container dn for new computer
  • New default of the Samba service configuration parameter "SAMBA_RESTART_ON_UPDATE=yes". This ensures that all daemons will be restarted after upgrades to make sure that all changes will take effect. Please make sure, that all files are closed before upgrading to avoid data corruption!

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 colleague Björn Baumbach has been appointed as official member of the Samba Core Team. The independent team consists of 40 people from all over the world who contribute regularly to Samba and have direct write access to the repository.

Baumbach recently contributed to the extensions of the "samba-tool" command. In addition, he has been supporting the Core Team for several years maintaining the server infrastructure, actively participates in discussions on the further development of Samba and contributes bugfixes. As a trained application developer Björn Baumbach joined SerNet 8 years ago. He works in the IT Security department as well as in
SerNet's own SAMBA+ team.

Six SerNet employees are now members of the Samba Core Team. Besides Baumbach these are Karolin Seeger, Ralph Böhme, Björn Jacke, Volker Lendecke and Stefan Metzmacher.


SerNet provides new sets of SAMBA+ 4.8.1 packages. These packages are available for various SUSE and Red Hat platforms as well as for Debian GNU/Linux and Ubuntu.

The new 4.8.1-9 packages address the following issues:

  • Bug 13335 After update to 4.8.0: DC failed with "Failed to find our own NTDS Settings objectGUID".

Additionally, we changed the default of the "SAMBA_RESTART_ON_UPDATE" parameter in the Samba service configuration to "yes". This ensures that all daemons will be restarted after upgrades to make sure that all changes will take effect. Please make sure, that all files are closed before upgrading to avoid data corruption!

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+ 4.8.1 packages. These packages are available for various SUSE and Red Hat platforms as well as for Debian GNU/Linux and Ubuntu.

The new 4.8.1 packages address a lot of issues, which are listed in the Samba release history.

Additionally, a fix for printer driver uploads has been included and audit logging in JSON format is now supported on systems that support jansson. For more details, please see https://wiki.samba.org/index.php/Setting_up_Audit_Logging.

The 4.8.1 packages are also available for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver).

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.


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