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(forw) [Samba] SerNet has created an open source Samba4 appliance for early testing


I went on this in Samba mailing lists. The announcement is about the
publication of everything allowing to build a small appliance that can
be used as an Active Directory server. The appliance itself is based
on the soon-to-be-published Samba 4 and a Debian box.

I proposed Michael (who is a longstanding Debian advocate at SerNet, a
german company providing services about free and open source software,
specialized in heterogeneous environments and support for Samba) to
think about a possible joint publication between SerNet and Debian and
they seem interested.

I don't know if that fits debian-publicity or Debian press policies
but that sounded interesting enough to at least talk about that.

----- Forwarded message from Michael Adam <ma@sernet.de> -----

Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2012 12:49:29 +0200
From: Michael Adam <ma@sernet.de>
To: samba@lists.samba.org, samba-technical@lists.samba.org
Subject: [Samba] SerNet has created an open source Samba4 appliance for early testing
Organization: SerNet GmbH, Goettingen, Germany
X-CRM114-Status: Good  ( pR: 38.2524 )

Dear samba and samba-technical lists,

The Samba Team is working towards getting a Version 4.0 released.

In oder to ease testing of the Active Directory features of
Samba4, even for people who don't want to download and compile
the source code, SerNet (http://www.sernet.de/) has created a
software appliance based on current Samba master snapshots.

The major purpose of this is to make it very easy to experiment
with Samba4 for people who are thinking about using it in
production soon. Note that this is not intended to be used
in production.

The appliance is offered as an install cd iso image. It consists
of a basic Debian squeeze install with preeinstalled Samba 4 binaries
and a couple of system customizations. After booting, the user is
logged into a minimal graphical system and presented with an
interactive dialog to configure a new Samba4 Active Directory domain.

The iso image can be freely downloaded from


All additions and customizations are under the GPL.
The current version that has been released yesterday is based on
Samba 4.0 Alpha 19. There is a README with more details:


New versions will be announced on SerNet's samba newsletter

We hope that someone will find it useful. :-)

Cheers - Michael

Michael Adam <ma@sernet.de>
SerNet GmbH, Bahnhofsallee 1b, 37081 Göttingen
phone: +49-551-370000-0, fax: +49-551-370000-9
AG Göttingen, HRB 2816, GF: Dr. Johannes Loxen
http://www.sernet.de, mailto:kontakt@sernet.de

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