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I'm sure there were some nice orcs in Mordor.
-- Don Marti
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Release Announcements
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This is a preview release of the Samba 3.0.25 code base and
is provided for testing only. This release is *not* intended
for production servers. There has been a substantial amount
of development since the 3.0.23/3.0.24 series of stable releases.
We would like to ask the Samba community for help in testing
these changes as we work towards the next significant production
upgrade Samba 3.0 release.


Major features included in the 3.0.25 code base include:

o Significant improvements in the winbind off-line logon support.
o Support for secure DDNS updates as part of the 'net ads join'
process.
o Rewritten IdMap interface which allows for TTL based caching and
per domain backends.
o New plug-in interface for the "winbind nss info" parameter.
o New file change notify subsystem which is able to make use of
inotify on Linux.
o Support for passing Windows security descriptors to a VFS
plug-in allowing for multiple Unix ACL implements to running side
by side on the Same server.
o Improved compatibility with Windows Vista clients.
o Man pages for VFS plugins.


Off-line Logons and AD Site Support
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Winbind's capability to support offline logons has been greatly
improved with the 3.0.25 release including support for locating
domain controllers asynchronously using Active Directory Site
information.


New IdMap Interface for Winbindd
================================

The 3.0.25 release of Samba will include a rewritten IdMap interface
for winbindd which replaces the "idmap backend" parameter. The
initial design document may be found at

http://www.samba.org/~idra/samba3_newidmap.pdf

The final 3.0.25 release will include full documentation in the
distributed manpages.


Dynamic DNS Updates
===================

The "net ads join" command is now able to register the host's DNS A
records with Windows 2000 SP4 and 2003 DNS servers. This
feature must be enabled at compile time using the --with-dnsupdate
when running the ./configure script. There is also a related "net ads
dns" command for refreshing a host's records which could be launched
from a dhcp client script when a new IP address is obtained.


Support for Additional ACL Modules
==================================

Samba's POSIX ACL support has been moved inside of the VFS layer
which means it is now possible to support multiple ACL implementations
on the same server including NFSv3 and GPFS ACLs.


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Download Details
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The uncompressed tarballs and patch files have been signed
using GnuPG (ID 6568B7EA). The source code can be downloaded
from:

http://download.samba.org/samba/ftp/pre/

The release notes are available online at:

http://www.samba.org/samba/ftp/pre/W...3-0-25pre1.txt

Binary packages will be made available on a volunteer basis from

http://download.samba.org/samba/ftp/Binary_Packages/

Our Code, Our Bugs, Our Responsibility.
(https://bugzilla.samba.org/)

--Enjoy
The Samba Team



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