It can completely replace whatever CiFS server, as well as authentication services. It can be member or server of so-called «NT Domains» or «Active Directories».
It features tons of optimization and customization options and tools, as well as a web interface to configure and consult documentation, named SWAT .
It is known as performing faster than the original Microsoft implementation.
 also known as SMB
 Samba Web Administration Tool
This article was first written in October 2003 for the BeezNest technical website (http://glasnost.beeznest.org/articles/81)