First and foremost, if you're doing this for a business (or are serious about learning Samba in depth), I recommend buying this book: http://www.amazon.com/Samba-3-Example-Practical-Successful-Deployment/dp/0131472216 You can also get it online for free: HTML: http://www.samba.org/samba/docs/man/Samba-Guide/ PDF: http://www.samba.org/samba/docs/Samba3-ByExample.pdf The best thing about the book is it covers REAL WORLD scenarios of Samba deployment. Not only from a technical point of view, but also a political one (common objections to Samba that you'll get, particularly from pro-Microsoft management and staff). It starts off with basic examples - simple authentication, non-domain shares, etc. By the end it will show you how to build complete domains with LDAP/Kerberos integration. It's very in depth, and doesn't wear rose-coloured glasses. I build and maintain a lot of mixed networks, and for ages I considered this book "my bible" for reference to do various tasks that cropped up (e.g.: setting up inter domain trusts, authenticating Samba users against an existing Windows/AD Kerberos realm, configuring LDAP servers for mixed Samba/Linux use from scratch, etc, etc).