I will expand on this - Samba is open-source - I think I saw some mention of that in IBM's announcement about this.

The addition of Samba support was in response to concerns about performance problems in NetServer - I was involved in some of those discussions.

It is not clear to me that Samba is in use with QNTC - it seems from reading the docs that it is only for NetServer - as I see it, those are 2 different directions. Samba support is discussed in the context of a Linux box having access to IBM i resources with file sharing.

From a wiki I just glanced at, it seems that SMB is a protocol used by Windows file sharing -

Andrew Tridgell <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Tridgell> started the development of Samba, a free-software <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free-software> re-implementation of the SMB/CIFS networking protocol for Unix-like <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unix-like> systems, in 1991.

So the lines are rather blurred, seems to me!! :)

Article is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Server_Message_Block

I hope to get a better understanding of this stuff soon - will be requesting a call with IBMers to hear more. I'll pass along what I can here (NDA in effect).


On 9/3/2014 7:38 AM, Charles Wilt wrote:
Samba is Windows file sharing for Linux..

Netserver / QNTC is Windows file sharing for IBM i.

AFAIK, a Linux box with Samba has always worked with Netserver / QNTC.

My understanding is that the 7.2 Samba support replaces the IBM
Netserver/QNTC code with Samba to provide better (more current) support of
Windows file sharing.

NFS has always and is still probably a better choice for IBM i <-- -->



On Tue, Sep 2, 2014 at 7:02 PM, Vernon Hamberg <vhamberg@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

LOL - but at least they finally gave it to you, man!!

It's not clear to me whether this support is server-only - so that Linux
clients can use NetServer - so I'm not sure if Samba is usable in mounting
to something outside the IFS - in other words, can the IBM i be a Samba
client yet?


On 9/2/2014 4:43 PM, Richard Schoen wrote:

You can do CPY to an NFS or QTNC (Netbios share) if you have the correct

We have always found copying to an NFS share to be much more stable.

In regards to the Samba support in V7R2, first you need V7R2 :-)

Then you need someone at IBM to be able to give you instructions on how
to use it.

I wasn't able to get good test instructions from the folks at IBM so my
testing has been waylaid since I'm not a Unix super-expert :-)


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date: Tue, 2 Sep 2014 16:35:30 -0400
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subject: Can the to path on CPY, CPYTOIMPF, etc be a remote server
instead of the IFS?

Can the to path on CPY, CPYTOIMPF, etc be a remote server instead of the
Any config and/or setup to make this work?
Any good docs and/or links on this?

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