If you set up the Samba server it can be configured to use Active Directory authentication I believe.
Otherwise you will have to contend with setting up each user of a common user for shares.
SFTP/FTP or another option is also something to think about.
However it would depend on how the users are using the files.
Are they just viewing reports, word docs, CSV files, etc.... ? Or are they editing and saving to the IFS ?
FWIW: If you were to involve a Windows or Linux server and start transferring files, the smbclient component of Samba is available to take out using QNTC for file sharing when the main goal is to transfer to another server other than IBMi. Others on the list may want to explore using smbclient for transferring files to Windows or Linux servers. It works well and I have written a CL command wrapper around it.
date: Fri, 31 Jan 2020 12:58:39 +0100
subject: Samba as alternative to NetServer - How to use USRPRF
We are using IBM-i with NetServer for about 1.5 Years now.
Since the Beginning there where Problems with Access to Netserver over WAN (IPSec Tunnel) .We had some Tickets with IBM and the made some PTFs to fix various things. (MA47224, MA47302, Other Problems with Starting exe Files where we received a Workaround wich shoots other thngs as we found out
But after all we are not really satisfied with the compatibility of NetServer with Windows-10.
First of all: I dont want to store my files outside of out AS400. I know all alternatives and i dont need any suggestions or discussion on this ;-)
Whats the state now:
We are now considering using Samba on IBM-i but the problem i have is that it has a seperate User Database which i really dont like.
Is someone of you using Samba on AS400 and how do you handle this problem.
I thought that when nothing other is possible i would register with QIBM_QSY_VLD_PASSWRD and send new Passwords to a Job via DataQueue which calls pdbedit to change the users in the samba-db. But this is not a nice solution.
Systeminfo: IBM-i 7.4 TR1, Power-S812, No Virtualization, Single OS Instance . Problems mostly over low latency Networks ( ca 10ms-20ms)
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