Posted by Darryl Welch
Principal Program Manager, Windows Server Interoperability Engineering Team

Yesterday the Samba Team released Samba 4.0 Active Directory Compatible Server, the first compatible Free Software implementation of Microsoft’s Active Directory protocols. Familiar to all network administrators, the Active Directory protocols are the heart of modern directory service implementations and Windows Server interoperability.

 

A critical aspect of Windows development is the ecosystem dedicated to shipping interoperable systems. We have worked closely with members of the Samba team and other open source communities by proactively providing extensive protocol documentation and participating in plugfest-type events and conferences to provide opportunities for testing and feedback. We’re very fortunate to have this ecosystem of collaborators actively engaged in ongoing efforts to enhance file server protocol interoperability with Windows and other implementations.

“We are pleased that the documentation and interoperability labs that Microsoft has provided have been key in the development of the Samba 4.0 Active Directory functionality,” said Thomas Pfenning, Director of Development, Windows Server. “Active Directory is a mainstay of enterprise IT environments, and Microsoft is committed to support for interoperability across platforms.”

For more on the Samba 4.0 Active Directory Compatible Server, please see the Samba team announcement. Let us know what you think about this release in the comments.