A free alternative to windows

Vancouver Samba consulting and support/maintenance services


Windows & Linux file sharing: setup, installation, support & repair

Samba is an open sources suite of software that provides seamless file and print services to SMB/CIFS clients. This means that companies now have an alternative to Windows authentication (active directory authentication) and Windows file sharing and workgroup services. Benefits and some of the services Samba can perform are:

¤ Authentication for Windows domains
¤ File sharing for Windows desktops and servers
¤ Windows and Linux integration
¤ Print servers
¤ Windows logon scripts
¤ Name resolution services

¤ It is considerably cheaper on licensing costs then a Windows server operating system
¤ Perfect solution for small and medium sized networks
¤ Stable and very customizable
¤ The best alternative to Microsoft
¤ Can integrate into Microsoft Active directory domains

How much can you really save by using SAMBA?
¤ A Windows 2008R2 server OEM license with 5 user CAL costs approximately 1025$
¤ Each additional Client access license will cost approximately 110$ per user
¤ For a company of 10 users that brings the total to 1600$ for software licensing
(more than the price of an entry level server)

¤ A Linux server software and Samba costs 0$ and takes about the same amount of time to deploy and maintain.