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Official Samba-3 HOWTO and Reference Guide, The by Jelmer R. Vernooij, John H. Terpstra

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Chapter 10. Account Information Databases

Samba-3 implements a new capability to work concurrently with multiple account backends. The possible new combinations of password backends allows Samba-3 a degree of flexibility and scalability that previously could be achieved only with MS Windows Active Directory. This chapter describes the new functionality and how to get the most out of it.

Features and Benefits

Samba-3 provides for complete backward compatibility with Samba-2.2.x functionality as follows:

Backward Compatibility Backends

Plain Text—This option uses nothing but the UNIX/Linux /etc/passwd style backend. On systems that have Pluggable Authentication Modules (PAM) support, all PAM modules are supported. The behavior is just as it was with ...

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