SAMBA+ 4.10.1 and 4.8.10 have just been released by SerNet. Packages for various SUSE and Red Hat platforms as well as for Debian GNU/Linux and Ubuntu are available now.

These packages address a lot of issues, which are listed in the Samba release history:

SAMBA+ packages and all later versions are available as software subscription. They can be purchased at the SAMBA+ shop, detailed information and prices are listed at The subscriptions are managed at our platform OPOSSO ( Users can activate their subscriptions here and manage access credentials. The new SAMBA+ packages are included in existing subscriptions.

The SAMBA+ software packages from SerNet are now also available for IBM's Unix operating system AIX. SAMBA+ AIX can be purchased as a subscription with a runtime of 1, 3 or 5 years in the SAMBA+ shop. The administration of the subscription as well as the download of SAMBA+ AIX is done via the open source system OPOSSO.

A decisive advantage of SerNet's AIX packages is the minimized dependency on third-party libraries or other external package sources. This is achieved by SAMBA+ AIX consisting of a tar ball with an installation script. This distinguishes SAMBA+ AIX from rpm-based packages on the market, which often have dependency problems and are not well tested.

By providing AIX packages, SerNet is responding to various customer requests. For AIX systems, the Samba software previously had to be compiled at great effort. In the past, SerNet's Samba team has often provided support and made individual adaptations. This is now obsolete due to the extensively tested and maintained SAMBA+ AIX software packages.

At SerNet, Björn Jacke, a long-time member of the international Samba team, worked primarily on the AIX packages. He has already gained a lot of experience in porting the Samba software for various Unix distributions or AIX customizations on customer request. Subscribers to the SAMBA+ AIX packages can now benefit from this know-how.

SerNet provided the first SAMBA+ software packages of the 4.10 release series for download. These packages are available for various SUSE and Red Hat platforms as well as for Debian GNU/Linux and Ubuntu.

The new 4.10 series includes many improvements and features, which are documented in the Samba 4.10.0 release notes:

This is the first release of SAMBA+ packages for the Samba 4.10 release series. We recommend to test thoroughly before upgrading and read the release notes carefully! With the release of Samba 4.10 former release series change their status as follows:

  • Samba 4.9 enters maintenance mode,
  • Samba 4.8 enters security releases only mode,
  • Samba 4.7 is officially discontinued and will not receive any further updates.

SAMBA+ 4.7 will still be available within a SAMBA+ LTS subscription. General information is listed on In addition we created a detailed matrix to clarify, which Samba versions are still maintained in SAMBA+ LTS:

The conference program for the 18th  Samba eXPerience is online! The sambaXP – the international user and developer conference around Samba – takes place from June 4th to 6th at the Hotel Freizeit In (Dransfelder Straße 3, 37079 Göttingen). Organizer of sambaXP 2019 is again SerNet, sponsors are Google, Microsoft and Red Hat.

This year's keynote will be given by Karen Sandler of the Software Freedom Conservancy. The complete program is published on the conference website:

Conference tickets are also available at for 499 Euros.

Stefan Kania will hold his traditional tutorial on Tuesday, June 4th. This year's topic is "Creating and managing Trusts with Samba 4.9". The participation fee is 450 Euro. Please note: Stefan Kania's tutorials are very popular and places are usually quickly sold out.

Volker Lendecke, SerNet co-founder and long-time Samba Team member, gave a  talk on "Integrating Storage Systems into Active Directory with winbind" at this year’s SDC EMEA (January 30, 2019 – Tel Aviv, Israel). The recording is available on YouTube: (direct link).

From the abstract
Most environments use Active Directory as their primary authentication and authorization source. Users and groups are stored there. Any storage system must authenticate and authorize users in some way. Samba's winbind provides a solution to seamlessly integrate with Active Directory using the same mechanisms a native Windows client uses. It provides an API to authenticate users and retrieve authorization information like gorup memberships of authenticated users. Also, it can integrate into any kind of mappings scheme of Windows and Unix principals, and from there it can integrate Windows users into the Unix user database.

This talk will give an overview of the API that storage vendors and integrators can use to access winbind's services. This API is licensed LGPL and not GPL, so it does not put licensing restrictions on the storage software using it.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Active Directory Authentication Mechanisms
  2. Windows/Unix ID-mapping
  3. Practical API description for accessing Active Directory

Download slides as PDF.


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