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Samba 3 preview release behaves more like Windows

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The latest code changes and improvements to Samba 3.0.25 weren't overly dramatic, said the project's release manager, but the subtle changes do push things along toward a scheduled production release in early April.

The changes also push Samba 3 along its path toward making Linux machines behave a bit more like Windows, said Samba release manager Jerry Carter.

Offline logon support

First and foremost, offline logon support that was originally installed into the 3.0.23 source code is being revamped thanks to a month of testing since the last preview release. The Samba team, a group of more than 20 core developers worldwide, routinely submits preview releases to the Samba mailing list for testing by the overall Samba community.

Joining Active Directory domains

"We also have the capability now to register the host's domain name system [DNS] records when joining an Active Directory (AD) domain just like Windows does," Carter said. This capability can also be integrated into DHCP client hooks on Unix and Linux servers to ensure the DNS records are up to date whenever the server obtains a new IP address.

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